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EDUC6355 Assignment 2

Module Overview

The outcomes of this module will comprise: a) a written summary including research findings, a discussion in relation to literature and conclusion with implications for classroom practice b) an 'intervention' which outlines how the student will place the chosen aspect under scrutiny.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To be able to demonstrate the outcomes of a practice-based investigation into a particular aspect / topic of their teaching within their specific subject area (e.g. English, Geography etc.).

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • How an educational issue is presented in practice in a classroom situation
  • Analysing and evaluating the differences and similarities between theory and practice
  • Using appropriate methodology in your own research
  • Presenting research in an appropriate written format
  • An issue that is central to your subject specialism


The syllabus content will be determined by both the subject specialism which the student is following and the particular aspect that the student identifies for their assessment. Generic content will focus upon how writers present their research findings, how they discuss research in relation to existing literature, and how to write Master's level.

Special Features

This module is only available to students enrolled on a PGCE programme. You will be taught within a research-based environment that is well-supported by a strong partnership of schools/colleges and mentors. This enables you to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to become a better critical and reflective practitioner. To further support this development the programmes offer flexibility and personalisation as you are encouraged to follow your own areas of interest and work on different areas of need. This involves having choices within your assignment and taking part in a range of additional opportunities.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is usually by a range of lectures, small group seminars and individual tutorials. Trainees are expected to spend time (approximately 135 hours) researching this assignment as individuals

Independent Study100
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Cohen, L., Manion, L., Morrison, K. (2007). Research Methods in Education. 

Dillon, J., & Maguire, M. (2007). Becoming a teacher. 

Hopkins, D. (2008). A teacher's guide to classroom research. 

Kincheloe, J.L. (2002). Teachers as researchers. 

Note:. You will be given access to many resources to support your assignment. These will be made available on Blackboard. Examples of possible texts are shown above.

Bell, J. (2010). Doing your research project.. 


Assessment Strategy

This module is not subject to anonymous marking, as topics chosen relate to a specific trainee's teaching practice and requires intervention plans with pupils and therefore the individual is identifiable.


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 100%

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

Costs for this module are noted within the programme specification. Trainees are expected to read approximately 10 texts for this assignment, but these can be borrowed cost-free from libraries / schools / Tutors etc. (books)

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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