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ED50369: Contemporary issues in educational research 2: competent producers

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Education
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aims of this unit are to enable students to:
* understand and respond to the complexities in identifying research questions, designing and undertaking educational research;
* gain an understanding of working within a research community;
* develop an understanding of the continuum of participatory research from that often described as emancipatory, research that strives to be collaborative through to developing approaches that seek to engage marginalized groups; but also researching powerful people;
* communicate and discuss research;
* gain knowledge and experience of different educational research strategies e.g. development workshops, action research, ethnography, evaluation research, narrative inquiry;
* gain knowledge and experience of innovative methods of data collection including those with children and issues of validity.

Learning Outcomes:
Completion of this unit, and associated course-work, should enable students to:
* understand the planning and decision-making process in designing educational research;
* understand ethical considerations, and be able to make appropriate and reasoned responses;
* have knowledge of official guidelines on ethical issues;
* gain experience in working on a research project;
* understand the continuum of participatory and collaborative approaches within research and be able to identify their own stand point;
* have gained the knowledge to be able to select and use from a range of methods of data collection;
* have experience of generating educational research.


* Problem formation and analysis, research and critical reflection/evaluation (T/F/A)
* Working under supervision and independently as a researcher
* Independent work and self-directed learning (F)
* Group and team work with researchers (F)
* Individual and group presentation skills (F)
* Written communication (A).

Through seminars and working groups the following aspects will be explored:
* Starting places as producers of research and generators of educational knowledge: problems, questions, purposes
* Linking problems to theory and design
* Ethical practices in educational research
* The continuum of participatory research
* Researching with Children
* Researching sensitive issues
* Research and marginalized groups
* Interview and observation in educational settings
* Web-based research including multi-media accounts
* Researching powerful people.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ED50369 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education