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
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- 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.
- Make your own contribution to educational understanding by presenting a coherent, detailed and sustained argument at length on an educational topic
- Refine and practice a range of skills which would be useful to you in further study or a professional/work based context.
- Devise appropriate research questions
- Analyse and synthesise research findings
- Produce and present a carefully argued dissertation
- Demonstrate an understanding of data collection and analysis methods, where applicable
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of your chosen dissertation project, its potential impact on practice and the range of relevant scholarly literature and source materials
- 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
- Devise appropriate research methods to undertake a research project, where applicable
- Choose and evaluate a feasible independent research design, project plan and structure
- Develop your own ideas and organise a project independently but with supportive guidance
- Critically evaluate an appropriate range of relevant primary source materials and arguments reflected in other sources and propose a relevant area of investigation
- Know the research process and understand methods of data collection and analysis and apply them in a self-reliant manner
- Acquire appropriate Ethical and Research Governance approvals where needed
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 dissertation builds on work undertaken across other taught modules and provides you with an opportunity to undertake an independent research project in a chosen topic. Students are expected to manage their research project independently with academic guidance and support by their supervisor. Supervisory support is provided via face-to-face tutorials and/or electronic feedback and communication, as appropriate.
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Resources & Reading list
Bell, J (2014). Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education, health and social science. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education.
Action Research: Principles and Practice. London: Routledge.
(2014). Conducting Research Literature Reviews. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Thomas, G (2013). How to do your research project: a guide for students in education and applied social sciences. London: Sage.
Yin, R (2003). Applications of case study research. Sage: London.
Competing paradigms in Qualitative research . In Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (eds). The Landscape of Qualitative Research: Theories and Issues. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
How to conduct Surveys: A Step by Step Guide. London: Sage.
Cohen, L., Manion, L., & Morrison, K. (2011). Research Methods in Education. London: Routledge.
Robson, C (2002). Real World Research. Oxford: Blackwell.
Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS. London: Sage.
Introduction to Research methods in Education. London: Sage.
Qualitative Research in Education- A User's Guide. London: Sage.
Creswell, J. (2014). Educational research: planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research.. Harlow: Pearson Education.
A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Research.. Buckingham: Open University.
Research Design: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches .. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Content Analysis: An Introduction to its Methodology .. London: Sage.
Newby, P (2010). Research Methods for Education. Edinburgh: Pearson Education Ltd..
Interviews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing. London: Sage.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External