This modules complements the knowledge you gained in the "Making Sense of Education Research" module and helps to move you from a consumer of research to a creator of research. In this module you will develop your skills in collecting and analysing data for education research, in particular for your dissertation.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Collect data using variety of quantitative and qualitative methods
- Evaluate and select appropriate research designs to investigate research problems
- Critically consider the ethical issues surrounding research in education.
- Analyse and interpret data using a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods.
- Develop proposals appropriate for small scale research in education
The content of the module will typically cover:
- Research problems and questions
- Research designs such as Surveys, Experiments, Ethnography, Phenomenology, Case Studies
- Systematic Reviews and Secondary Data Analysis
- Research Methods such as Questionnaires, Interviews, Observations and Document Analysis
- Using mixed methods (designs)
- Quantitative methods of data analysis (such as descriptive and inferential statistics)
- Qualitative methods of data analysis (such as content analysis, thematic analysis and grounded theory)
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
This module is taught entirely online. A typical 'lesson' would include:
- Lectures - delivered live via the university's web conferencing system (Adobe Connect) or as pre-prepared videos
- Lecture notes - written by the module tutors
- Selected readings - from the prescribed core texts
- Written tasks submitted via private blogs or discussion forums
- Online activities - such as quizzes and tests
- Individual and Group tutorials via Skype (individual) or Adobe Connect (groups)
|Practical classes and workshops||6|
|Wider reading or practice||50|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||18|
|Completion of assessment task||60|
|Total study time||200|
Resources & Reading list
Extra Reading. During each lesson you will be directed to related readings from other textbooks and journal articles to enhance and extend your understanding of the topics under discussion. All of these resources will be available electronically via the University’s library
Creswell, J W (2012). Educational Research: Planning, conducting and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research (Core Textbook). Upper Saddle River: Pearson.
Thomas, G. (2013). How to do your research project: A guide for students in education and applied social sciences. (Core Textbook). London, UK: Sage.
Muijs, D. (2010). Doing quantitative research in education with SPSS. (Core Textbook). London, UK: Sage.
Punch, K. & Oancea, A (2014). Introduction to research methods in education. (Core Textbook). London, UK: Sage.
Summative assessment description
Referral assessment description
Repeat type: Internal & External