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Module

EDU2003 : Introduction to Research in Education

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Samantha Shields
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module will introduce the field of research in education. It will aim to develop student understanding of
• the historical development, funding arrangements, international differences and variations in 'what counts as educational research'.
• the relationship of research in education to practice, policy and the social sciences
• possible research methodologies
• Through an integrated approach to developing research practices, it is intended that students develop practical understanding and skills relating to research:
• planning research
• ethical practices
• some frequently used research methods
• reading the results of other researchers’ work
By the end of this module students will be expected to understand the characteristics of research in education in the current UK context, together with some awareness of international and
historic variation. Within this context, they will be able both to understand the research of others and to demonstrate some research practices themselves.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module aims to develop both theoretical and practical understanding of research in education. Students’ understanding of the characteristics of research in education in the current UK context will be developed through learning about the research methodologies of others and through experiencing some research practices themselves. These practical sessions will develop from opportunities to trial methods of data collection and analysis on each other towards planning and conducting an enquiry as part of a small group. The lecture and practical sessions will run in parallel to facilitate the integration of practical and theoretical learning, enabling students to make connections and develop understanding. The module begins with an introduction to educational research. The module the history of education research, Research Strategies, Interviews, Qualitative data analysis, Quantitative data analysis, SPSS, Questionnaires, Observations, Visual methods, Ethics, Documentary research, validity, reliability, triangulation, preparation for the in-class test and assessment guidance for the research project.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00If change to public health prevent PiP lectures: 1hr synchronous lecture in timetabled lecture slot
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Asynchronous online: videos, podcasts, quizzes, reflective tasks, data analysis tasks
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Completing mock exam preparation and undertaking mock exam for formative feedback
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:001:00If change to public health prevent PiP Practical on SPSS: Synchronous recorded online practical SPSS
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading114:0044:00Seminar reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00If changes to public health prevent PiP small group teaching: Small group synchronous online slots
Guided Independent StudyProject work110:0010:00Planning and conducting mini research project
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study196:0096:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Asynchronous online
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This module aims to develop both theoretical and practical understanding of research in education. Students’ understanding of research in education in the current UK context will be developed through learning about the research methodologies of others and through experiencing some research practices themselves. The lecture and practical sessions will run in parallel and be backed up with time for both independent study and further reading/research as directed during sessions. This will facilitate the integration of practical and theoretical learning, enabling students to make connections and develop a sophisticated understanding. The practical sessions will develop from opportunities to trial methods of data collection and analysis on each other towards planning and conducting an enquiry as part of a small group. This will facilitate the development of particular research and scholarship skills but also their integration into a more holistic understanding of the nature of research in education.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A50Unseen journal article: questions ranging from basic comprehension to more critical regarding methods, aims, etc. Class test
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M50Report of mini research (2,500 words). Preparation for dissertation.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2MMock exam with formative feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The intention is for the summative assessment to assess the student’s ability to both do research and to understand the research of others. Since both aspects are equally important the weighting of the two parts of the assessment is 50-50. The inclusion of the formatively assessed peer presentation widens the types of assessment used, but, more importantly, will help students reflect on their remaining learning needs as they approach the end of the taught component and prepare for the summative assessment.

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