The University of Southampton

EDUC6456 Education Research: Practice and Methods

Module Overview

This module will introduce you to the content and structure of the dissertation and prepare you for designing and undertaking a small-scale research project in education. The sessions will focus on helping you formulate appropriate research problems and questions, consider when it is appropriate to use quantitative and qualitative methods for data collection and develop a good research proposal. You will also have the opportunity to develop your skills in analysing quantitative or qualitative data and presenting your findings.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of this module are: • to develop your understanding of the process of designing and carrying out a small-scale project in education; • to help you develop a research proposal for your dissertation • to introduce you to qualitative and quantitative instruments of data collection and relevant approaches to analysis • to provide you with opportunity for practical experience in analysing qualitative or quantitative data and presenting your findings.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop a research proposal for your dissertation
  • Understand how research questions are formulated
  • Have an understanding of the main methodological and practical issues associated with using qualitative and quantitative instruments of data collection and approaches to analysis
  • Have an understanding of the content and structure of the dissertation


The content of this module will typically cover: • Processes involved in designing a small scale research project in education • Formulating research questions and identifying appropriate research methods • Elements of a good research proposal • Main characteristics of qualitative and quantitative instruments of data collection • Main approaches to quantitative and qualitative data analysis • The content and structure of the dissertation

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be delivered through lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials.

Preparation for scheduled sessions36
Wider reading or practice50
Completion of assessment task70
Follow-up work20
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

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

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

Creswell, J. (1994/2003). Research Design: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. 

Punch, K. & Oancea, A (2009). Introduction to Research Methods in Education. 

Robson, .C. (2002). Real World Research. 

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

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

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

Muijs, D. (2011). Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s)  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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