EDU8095 : Research Strategies and Methods
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Prof. James Tooley
- Lecturer: Dr Pamela Woolner, Ms Karen Laing, Professor Liz Todd, Professor David Leat
- Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
To further develop student knowledge and appreciation of the complexities and skills required to critically evaluate, interpret, and successfully undertake research. To provide a deeper understanding of, and the facility to, actively use varied research designs and methods. This module explores the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative and qualitative methods and explores the basic design principles of instruments that address particular research problems or questions. The module also enables students to apply these basic design principles and concepts to a potential or actual proposal for their thesis/dissertation.
Outline Of Syllabus
• Surveys and sampling
• Ethnography & Experiments
• What is research?
• Methodology: design, strategy and methods Validity, reliability and replication Case study
strategy Interviews and Focus Group Survey and questionnaires Ethnography and observation
• Using these methods in practice
• Quantitative data
• Qualitative data
• Evaluating research
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||80:00||80:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||10||2:00||20:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||10||3:00||30:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||1||5:00||5:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||5||1:00||5:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Dissertation/project related supervision||1||3:00||3:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||52:00||52:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Scheduled on-line contact time||5||1:00||5:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
This module is taught using 2 hour interactive sessions. Usually this involves a series of mini-lectures interspersed with various learning activities. The learning activities for this module will include: questionnaire design, observation, group discussion, computer-aided data analysis, interview schedule design, etc. Implicit in the design of each session, is an attempt to engender a deep and active approach to learning, but also to develop both subject knowledge and key skills. The lecture material, along with the directed tasks, enable assignment work to be planned and developed.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Research proposal||1||M||100||4,000 words|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Assignment One consists of two parts
To write a critique of two research articles of the student's choice; to include reflection on possible relevance of said articles for student's own research.
To write a research proposal, upon which the dissertation can be based.