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EDUC6445 Dissertation

Module Overview

• to help you understand the research process and its application to educational and social environments. • to develop your practical and analytical skills in a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods. • to equip you with the necessary skills to present research in professional and academic contexts.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The module aims: to help you understand the research process and its application to educational and social environments; to develop your practical and analytical skills in a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods; to equip you with the necessary skills to present research in professional and academic contexts.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Make your own contribution to educational understanding by presenting a coherent, detailed and sustained argument at length on an educational topic;
  • 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
  • Analyse and synthesise research findings
  • Produce and present a carefully argued dissertation
  • 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
  • Know the research process and understand methods of data collection and analysis and apply them in a self-reliant manner
  • Understand 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
  • Have a detailed 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

Syllabus

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

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

TypeHours
Independent Study150
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Creswell, J. (2002). Research Design: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches .. 

Guba, E., & Lincoln, Y. (1998). Competing paradigms in Qualitative research . In Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (eds). The Landscape of Qualitative Research: Theories and Issues. 

Neuendorf, K. (2002). The Content Analysis Guidebook. 

Krippendorff, K. (2004). Content Analysis: An Introduction to its Methodology .. 

Muijs, D. (2004/8). Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS. 

Patton, M. (2002). Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods. 

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. 

Kvale, S. (2008). Interviews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing. 

McNiff, J., & Whitehead, J. (2002). Action Research: Principles and Practice. 

Punch, K. (2009). Introduction to Research methods in Education. 

Fink, A. (1998). Conducting Research Literature Reviews. 

Hopkins, D. (2002). A Teacher’s Guide to Classroom Research.. 

Oppenheim, A. (2000). Questionnaire Design. 

Fink, A. (2009). How to conduct Surveys: A Step by Step Guide. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation  (17000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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