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The module aims to introduce students to research in education and its role and purpose. It will explore related concepts, approaches and methods and give students the skills with which to start looking at existing research critically and analytically and the ability to plan small research projects for themselves.
This module will cover the following topics:
role and purpose of research
information searching using databases;
review of referencing skills and engagement with EndNote
primary and secondary research;
paradigms, approaches and methodology;
population, sampling and statistics;
methods of data gathering and analysis;
searching for and critiquing other people’s research;
reliability and validity
A student passing this module should be able to:
1 Analyse the philosophical assumptions underpinning research into education and critically evaluate purpose, ethics, reliability and validity;
2 Critically evaluate different educational research paradigms, methods and techniques
3 Demonstrate an ability to search for relevant research papers and related literature and use and critique it appropriately for purpose using established principles and conventions
4 Prepare and construct a draft proposal for research using established principles
5 Demonstrate a critical awareness of how a research paper is structured and how this can differ according to type
6 Demonstrate an ability to apply research principles to an educational context
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