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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

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.

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

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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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