20 credits at level HE5
This module will help you to develop your understanding of the research methods and strategies that are being used in contemporary studies in education. You will analyse and evaluate key themes and issues in sociology and education by using a range of research approaches and procedures. We will investigate educational policy and its impact on practices in learning and teaching. Through your engagement with research and evaluating educational policy and practice, you are also asked to research and reflect on your own experiences as a learner and to make plans for your continuing personal and professional development in the form of your Personal Development Plan
Personal Development Planning
Approaches to educational research
Research methods and strategies, including contemporary research methods and strategies favoured in educational research.
Selecting methods of data collection
Reviewing the literature
Presentation of data
Writing a research proposal
Preparing a seminar and making a presentation.
The debate in structural theory.
How sociologists investigate education- the debate between supporters of quantitative and qualitative approaches - the implications for wider theory.
Educational success and social inequality
Educational policies and practices
Learning and teaching will be supported through blended learning (a combination of face-to-face and electronic based resources and communications) Face-to-face learning and teaching will be achieved through lectures, seminars,individual and group tutorials. Assessment will include a seminar presentation describing and evaluating a sociological investigation related to educational policy and practice and a research proposal related to an aspect social structure and education in modern society. You will be provided with guidance and be asked to share extracts from your PDP
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Be able to critically evaluate a range of educational polices and practices||Critically evaluate an educational policy in relationship to its effect on practices in learning and teaching|
|2.||Compare different research methodologies and their application in an educational context||Discuss and evaluate the suitability of a range of research approaches used in research methodology as part of a research proposal|
|3.||Carry out a literature review||Critically evaluate a range of evidence and present it in a logical manner|
|4.||Be able to prepare a seminar paper||
(a)Present a seminar paper in the appropriate academic style and register
(b) Construct arguments and perspectives supported by relevant data and evidence
|5.||Be able to make a seminar presentation in an appropriate style||Present a seminar paper in an appropriate manner to the audience|
|6.||Be able to write a research proposal||Present a research proposal|
|7.||Be able to plan effectively for your personal development||Present a reflective and coherent PDP|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A seminar presentation to a peer group||A research proposal (2,500 words)||PDP including action plan, tutor feedback sheets and 500 word reflective analysis of progress|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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|Host Subject Group:||Education|
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