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ED50343: Educational enquiry (six credit)

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Education
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Modular (no specific semester)
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: After completing the unit, the students will have an enhanced ability to critically analyse and evaluate the following.
1. Underlying beliefs about teaching and learning.
2. Their own professional learning.
3. The key theoretical concepts relevant to the aspect of their practice which they are seeking to improve.

Aims: To improve the students' professional practice in education by undertaking an academic critical reflection that draws on relevant literature and their own professional practice.

Skills: Independent learning (F)
Problem identification, analysis and solving (F/A)
Individual research and reflection (F/A)
Critical reasoning (F/A)
Plan, conduct & report an individual investigation (F/A)
Critically evaluate own performance (F/A)
Written communication (A)
Key Skills
1. Make critical use of the literature of the field of Education (T/F/A).
2. Make critical use of professional experience in the field of Education (T/F/A).
3. Analyse, interpret and critique findings and arguments (T/F/A).
4. Draw appropriate conclusions from and education research study, taking account of its strengths and limitations (T/F).
5. Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems (T/F).
6.Writing reflectively (A)
7. Evaluate their own academic and professional performance (T/F/A).
8. Manage change effectively and respond to changing demands (F).
9. Evaluate own academic and professional learning (T/F/A).
10. Manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and manage personal emotions and stress (F).

Content: In the unit, the students will undertake a critical academic reflection designed to inform an aspect of their professional practice in education. By undertaking a critical analytical reflection in the unit, they will gain an enhanced understanding of their own professional practice. As part of their studies during the unit, they will be required to critically analyse key theoretical concepts relevant to the aspect of their practice which they are seeking to improve. In the unit, students will negotiate the focus of their enquiry with the unit tutor, who will also provide guidance on the organisation of the process, the identification and evaluation of the outcomes and the literature relevant to the focus of the reflection.

Programme availability:

ED50343 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education

ED50343 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Education


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