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The University of Southampton

EDUC6445 Dissertation

Module Overview

- to help you understand the research process and its application to educational and social environments. - to develop your practical and analytical skills in a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods. - to equip you with the necessary skills to present research in professional and academic contexts.

Aims and Objectives

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
  • Understand 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
  • Have a detailed 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


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 teaching and learning methods will include lectures and workshops, discussions and self- directed study and individual tutorials

Independent Study150
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Oppenheim, A. (2000). Questionnaire Design. 

McNiff, J., & Whitehead, J. (2002). Action Research: Principles and Practice. 

Patton, M. (2002). Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods. 

Creswell, J. (2002). Research Design: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches .. 

Guba, E., & Lincoln, Y. (1998). Competing paradigms in Qualitative research . In Denzin, N. & Lincoln, Y. (eds). The Landscape of Qualitative Research: Theories and Issues. 

Bell, J. (2005). Doing your research project: a guide for first-time researchers in education, health and social science. 

Kvale, S. (2008). Interviews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing. 

Lichtman, M. (2010). Qualitative Research in Education- A User's Guide. 

Fink, A. (2009). How to conduct Surveys: A Step by Step Guide. 

Neuendorf, K. (2002). The Content Analysis Guidebook. 

Punch, K. (2009). Introduction to Research methods in Education. 

Hopkins, D. (2002). A Teacher's Guide to Classroom Research.. 

Muijs, D. (2004/8). Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS. 

Fink, A. (1998). Conducting Research Literature Reviews. 

Krippendorff, K. (2004). Content Analysis: An Introduction to its Methodology .. 

Rubin, I., & Rubin, H. (2005). Qualitative Interviewing: The Art of Hearing Data. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation  (17000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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