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EDU8207 : EdD Core module 3 Thinking Critically about Research Methodology

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To provide a sound basis for the creation and interpretation of knowledge of relevant educational theories;

To confirm the importance of interrogating and understanding evidence-based practice and use such practice to engage with theories at the forefront of the discipline;

To demonstrate the importance of the link between epistemology, ontology and practice in order to conceptualise, design and implement Doctoral level research.

To ensure that students are able to apply theoretical frameworks and models of education research and enquiry to the professional field, with a view to generating new significant knowledge and understanding.

Work in this module consolidates and develops the knowledge base provided by research and theory in the context of application of research processes and theory within educational settings. A critical perspective will be used to consider epistemology in relation to relevant educational and psychological knowledge and theory. The range of theory includes that relating to groups, individuals and organisations, and change at these levels.

Outline Of Syllabus

A range of theoretical frameworks to structure professional practice and professional conversations, including problem-solving, consultation, appreciative enquiry and narrative practice;

Knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical frameworks of research

The theory of education and pedagogy

Critical frameworks, drawing on cultural and social theorists

The doctoral level of this module comes from the requirement to critically engage with a range of epistemological frames ( not merely methodological ones) both in a reflective and reviewing perspective and in relation to the proposed research.

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture63:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops14:004:00IPHD/EdD poster even
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity115:0015:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study173:0073:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide presentation and discussion of epistemology, research methods and acquired knowledge to put the theory into practice. This practical element is supported through seminars to encourage learning across these different contexts and to promote critical engagement with the evidence. Supported self-study materials provided will include interactive electronic elements and guidance on fieldwork in classrooms. Individual tutorials address the particular needs of students.

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
Essay2M100A written assignment of 4,000 words.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Poster2MStudents presents poster on research plans at poster event (between lecture 2 and 2). Formative assessment from peers and lecturers.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The purpose of this assignment is to provide evidence that the trainee has considered all relevant ascertainable issues prior to embarking on research that will be reported in the thesis.

Reading Lists

Timetable