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PSYC8039 Dissemination and UserEngagement

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The UK research councils, HEFC, and UUK now expect academic research to enhance society. In order to have an impact on society research needs to be communicated effectively to potential users. The research undertaken by educational psychology students at Southampton Educational psychology research often has the potential to make a clear contribution both locally and globally. During this module students will have opportunities to consider who could benefit from the knowledge they have generated and how best to reach these potential beneficiaries. They will prepare their own work for publication in traditional academic journals; conference presentations; and in a format suitable for non-academic audience.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the academic impact of research
  • Critically evaluate research
  • Identify the academic beneficiaries of their research, i.e. consider how their research questions, methods, and findings will extend the knowledge/methods base
  • Identify the economic / societal beneficiaries of the research, e.g. demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of the project for educational psychology in practice
  • Identify the ‘pathways to impact’ i.e. consider how to practically embed research methods, results and outcomes for the benefit of academic and non-academic stake-holders.
  • Draft research summaries and articles for dissemination to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • Appreciate the need for research to achieve ‘impact’

Syllabus

Journals and models of publication Presenting at scientific conferences The process of submitting a paper to a peer reviewed journal The peer review process Pathways to impact

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Students will participate in a small number of workshop sessions and then use the techniques practiced to prepare to disseminate their own research.

TypeHours
Independent Study138
Workshops12
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

APA (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 

Beins and Beins (2013). Effective writing in psychology. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Portfolio Group: Article prepared for publication and covering letter to the journal editor Group: Article prepared for publication and covering letter to the journal editor Group: Plan of work Group: Conference poster Group: Communication with supervisor Individual: ‘Lay communication’ e.g. blog post, press release, brief presentation, suitable for end users (e.g. teachers, SENCO’s, learners, educational psychologists) Individual: Reflective summary

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Portfolio 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

Costs

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:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

Poster printing to be claimed from students’ research budget.

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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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