EDUC6402 DETS(A) Dissertation (A)
The dissertation builds on work undertaken across other modules and provides you with an opportunity to undertake a piece of independent research in a chosen topic. Normally, your dissertation will be individually supervised.
Aims and Objectives
• Make your own contribution to educational understanding by presenting a coherent, detailed and sustained argument at length on an educational topic; • Develop advanced practical and analytical skills in a range of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods as an academic researcher and writer on educational and social matters; • Develop your own ideas and organise a project independently but with supportive guidance. • Refine and practice a range of skills which would be useful to you in further study or a professional/work based context.
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the research process and understand methods of data collection and analysis and apply them in a self-reliant manner
- Analyse and synthesise research findings
- Produce and present a carefully argued dissertation
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the approaches by which research and critical awareness of debates in education can be utilised to construct a scholarly argument
- Critically evaluate an appropriate range of relevant primary source materials and arguments reflected in other sources and propose a relevant area of investigation
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of your chosen dissertation project, its potential impact on practice and the range of relevant scholarly literature and source materials
- Choose and evaluate a feasible independent research design, project plan and structure
- Devise appropriate research questions
- Devise appropriate research methods to undertake a research project
- Acquire appropriate Ethical and Research Governance approvals
- Demonstrate an understanding of data collection and analysis methods
In studying this module you will cover aspects of the following: • Strategies for focusing and managing the research process. • Quantitative and qualitative methodologies and approaches to research. • Key data collection methods (surveys, interviews, focus groups, observation). • Methods for analysing and interpreting data. • Dissertation writing and presentation skills
There are no special features for this module
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The teaching and learning methods will include lectures and workshops, discussions and self- directed study and individual tutorials.
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Muijs, D. (2004/8). Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS.
Creswell, J. (2002). Research Design: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches.
McNiff, J., & Whitehead, J. (2002). Action Research: Principles and Practice.
Hopkins, D. (2002). A Teacher’s Guide to Classroom Research.
Guba, E., & Lincoln, Y. (1998). Competing paradigms in Qualitative research . In Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (eds). The Landscape of Qualitative Research: Theories and Issues.
Strauss, A. and J. Corbin (1990). Basics of Qualitative Research.
Lichtman, M. (2010). Qualitative Research in Education- A User’s Guide.
Bell, J. (2005). Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education, health and social science.
Rubin, I., & Rubin, H. (2005). Qualitative Interviewing: The Art of Hearing Data.
Wragg, E. (1999). An Introduction to Classroom Observation.
Fink, A. (1998). Conducting Research Literature Reviews.
Punch, K. (2009). Introduction to Research methods in Education.
Fink, A. (2009). How to conduct Surveys: A Step by Step Guide.
Wengraf, T. (2002). Qualitative Research Interviewing.
Krippendorff, K. (2004). Content Analysis: An Introduction to its Methodology.
Neuendorf, K. (2002). The Content Analysis Guidebook.
Oppenheim, A. (2000). Questionnaire Design.
Willig, C. (2008). Introducing Qualitative Research in Psychology..
Yin, R. (2004). The Case Study Anthology.
Appropriate electronic resources and materials including the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) will be made available to you..
Kvale, S. (2008). Interviews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing.
Patton, M. (2002). Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods.
|Dissertation (17000 words)||100%|
Repeat type: Internal