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Southampton Education School

Research project: The pedagogy of methodological learning (Nind)

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This project forms one of six workpackages of research undertaken by the National Centre for Research Methods. It follows on from a study of capacity building in social science research methods completed in 2014.

The provision of courses in advanced social science research methods is unlikely, in itself, to be sufficient to ensure that capacity is developed in areas of strategic need. Researching the pedagogy of social science research methods learning is therefore key to providing an evidence base to inform a shift from merely providing ‘more training’, to developing capacity building strategies which will facilitate methodological innovation and skill development suited to complex social research problems. In this research project we aim to: (i) advance an emerging pedagogical culture and content knowledge for social science research methods teaching; (ii) create a typology of pedagogical approaches for social research methods to inform policy and practice in NCRM and related investments; and (iii) develop a coherent theoretical framework for methods teaching to inform national practice. Key questions include: How is the subject matter of advanced and innovative research methods best taught and learned? When and how does methods’ learning produce practical benefits? How can methods teachers’ methodological and pedagogical craft be most powerfully articulated?

Funding body: ESRC National Centre for Research Methods

Duration: 5 January 2015 – 31 December 2017

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This project forms one of six workpackages of research undertaken by the National Centre for Research Methods. It follows on from a study of capacity building in social science research methods completed in 2014.

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Centre for Research in Inclusion
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