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EDUC6342 Dissertation

Module Overview

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

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to enable students to utilise knowledge and skills developed during the taught element of the programme in order to identify an appropriate research topic, situate it within the wider theoretical and empirical context of the subject under study, design and conduct a small scale research project, critically evaluate and communicate the outcomes of the research in a coherent manner.

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
  • 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

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 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.

TypeHours
Completion of assessment task600
Total study time600

Resources & Reading list

Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education, health andsocial science. 

Cohen, L., Manion, L., & Morrison, K. (2011). Research Methods in Education. 

Qualitative Research in Education- A User’s Guide. 

Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS. 

Thomas, G (2013). How to do your research project: a guide for students in education and applied social sciences. 

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

How to conduct Surveys: A Step by Step Guide. 

A Teacher’s Guide to Classroom Research.. 

Creswell, J. (2014). Educational research: planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research.. 

Newby, P (2010). Research Methods for Education. 

Action Research: Principles and Practice. 

Robson, C (2002). Real World Research. 

Conducting Research Literature Reviews. 

Interviews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing. 

Research Design: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches .. 

Content Analysis: An Introduction to its Methodology .. 

Introduction to Research methods in Education. 

Yin, R (2003). Applications of case study research. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation  (17000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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