The University of Southampton

EDUC6356 Assignment 3

Module Overview

Students elect to follow a particular issue from a suite of options presented on an annual basis by staff in Education. The outcomes of the module are for the student to; a) To construct a research plan which details how the student will investigate the whole-school issue during their professional practice. This research plan includes a brief appraisal of the academic and professional literature and an outline of the intended methodology b) make an oral presentation of their investigation using technology where appropriate

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The purpose of this module is for the student to focus upon an issue that is of relevance to ‘whole school’ and which is applicable to the preparation of all student teachers

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • One ‘whole School’ issue in depth and detail
  • Conducting research in a school setting
  • Using appropriate research methodologies to conduct research
  • Producing an oral presentation that could be developed for presentation at conference
  • Advising others on this issue within a school setting
  • Presenting on this issue to other trainees within the programme


The syllabus content will be determined by the Assignment 3 topic which the student is following and the particular aspect that the student identifies for their assessment. Generic content will be aimed at increasing students’ knowledge and understanding of their topic, attention to research methods, how to present and write at Master’s level.

Special Features

This module is only available to students enrolled on an ITT PGCE programme

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 130 hours) researching this assignment as individuals. Guest speakers will be used where appropriate.

Independent Study126
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

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

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

Sewell, K. (2008). Doing your PGCE at master’s level. 

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

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


Assessment Strategy

A summatively assessed oral presentation supported by a short written research plan. This module is not subject to anonymous marking, as it involves an oral presentation and the individual is therefore identifiable.


MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation  ( minutes) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Oral presentation  ( minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal


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 under the Teaching Modules for ITE programmes. Trainees are expected to read approximately 10 texts for this assignment, but these can be borrowed cost-free from libraries / schools / Tutors etc.

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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