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EDUC1060 Researching Learning

Module Overview

This module aims to prepare you for the rest of the programme and so it is intended that you will develop skills that will support you in subsequent modules. You can expect to develop your knowledge and understanding of the complexity of the interaction between learning, learning theory and learning contexts. It will give you opportunities to articulate your own approaches to learning and consider the range of ways in which learners and teachers can influence this process. The module also aims to enable you to develop your research skills including an introduction to statistical analysis. You will be introduced to various research perspectives and methodologies. You will be encouraged to be critical and analytical.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Recognise the complexity of the interactions between learning, learning theory and learning contexts, and the range of ways in which learners and teachers can influence the learning process
  • Articulate your own approaches to learning
  • Select appropriate statistical procedures, report and present findings of statistical procedures according to accepted academic formats and academic standards.
  • Find, use and appropriately reference a range of relevant sources including journals and other published literature
  • Critically evaluate sources, assessing their reliability and validity
  • Recognise and apply styles and genres appropriate for different audiences


- An introduction to a range of learning theories; experiential, social, behaviourist, cognitive, situated learning; models, products and process; - An introduction to approaches to study e.g. surface, deep and achieving approach; - An introduction to different research paradigms and writing styles; - An introduction to the main approaches and research designs of educational research; - Application of learning theory to students' own experience of learning; - Analysis of learner needs and approaches to study drawing on findings from across educational stages, e.g., early years, primary and adult learning and with a view to improving outcomes for learners; - Study skills such as planning, time management and preparation for assessment; - Researching and finding sources using a variety of different means; - Referencing and acknowledging sources of information; - Developing critical skills in the evaluation of different types of research in education; - Developing the ability to carry out, and report the results of, different forms of empirical research.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

You will be expected to engage in 'active' learning through: - Participation in seminar groups - Group and class discussion - Posing and responding to questions In addition, you will be expected to actively engage with on-line resources available on Blackboard or elsewhere.

Wider reading or practice60
Preparation for scheduled sessions48
Completion of assessment task76
Follow-up work60
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Bartlett, S. and Burton, A. (2016). Introduction to Educational Studies. 

Schunk, D. (2019). Learning Theories: An Educational Perspective. 

Cottrell, S. (2019). The Study Skills Handbook. 

Denscombe, M (2017). The good research guide: for small-scale social research projects.. 

Field, A. (2017). Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics. 

Williams, K (2014). Getting Critical. 

Punch, K. (2014). Introduction to Research Methods in Education. 

Williams, K. and Carroll, J (2009). Referencing & Understanding Plagiarism. 

Pears R. and Shields, G (2019). Cite Them Right: The Essential Referencing Guide. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (2000 words) 35%
Coursework  (3000 words) 50%
Writing 15%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (3000 words) 50%
Essay  (2000 words) 35%
Writing 15%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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