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EDU8010 : EdD Core Module 1 Practices of Inquiry: introduction to epistemological and methodological considerations through self-reflection and peer interviewing

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce doctoral students to a form of ethnographic practice and to the pragmatic theoretical and ethical considerations of interviewing. While most students will have had some generic research methods input, this module, with its focus on self-study and collaborative practice, will provide a space for reflective development as well as an iterative focus on research design and modes of analysis.

Outline Of Syllabus

Pre-course requisite: Written biography describing personal pathway to doctoral study
Introduction Session: Introduction to the module; discussion of positioning and use of own experience.
Session 1: Auto-ethnography
Between session activity: Dyadic interviews conducted, reflective writing on the experience of process
Session 2: Collaborative review of process; Introduction to modes of analysis (qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods) for texts, audio and transcripts
Between session activity: Texts, audio and transcripts analysed
Session 3: Presentations of analysis, participant validation, reflections on ethics and validity. Closing Session: Discussion of issues students would like to explore further (e.g. impact of mediation in interview, iterative interviewing, visual methods). Identifying the focus of the reflective assignment
Assessment: Formative assessment will be available from the academic facilitator in every session, peer assessment and feedback will for part of the second and third sessions.
Summative assessment will be an assignment: A reflection on the learning generated about the account an individual gives of their experience, focusing on either auto-ethnography, interview practices or analysis issues (2,500 words)

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials44:3018:00Between timetabled sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading33:009:00Reading on autoethnography, interviewing and analysis between sessions. Non-synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:301:30Session 1. Synchronous online – timetabled
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:301:30Session 3 – presentations Synchronous online – timetabled
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00Introductory Session and Session 2. Present in person - timetabled
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity25:0010:00Reflecting on interviewing and analysis
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity15:005:00Writing biography. Non-synchronous online structured guided learning
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity19:009:00Interviewing and Transcribing. Non-synchronous online structured guided learning.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study45:0020:00Reading recommended texts; reviewing sessions; reading around issues raised. Non-synchronous online.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time11:301:30Closing Session: Synchronous online timetabled
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk10:300:30Introductory Session. Present in person - timetabled
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module centres on the discovery, through practice, of issues relating to the account an individual gives of their experience which will be relevant to students’ own research projects and to their reading of other research. It is particularly important for their developing understanding that they experience being researcher and also being researched. Starting from biographical accounts of the student’s own experience coming to the EdD makes the module immediately accessible, but the iterative pattern of action and reflection will enable rapid development of a sophisticated understanding. There is a balance between the transmission of methodological expertise with paired activity and independent learning. Key outcomes are critical thinking and personal autonomy as a researcher, so the framework for teaching and assessment reflects this.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M1002500 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Reflective log1MReflections on writing experience, interviewing and analysis
Report1MReports to peers on interviewing and analysis
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

N/A

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