ES5001: Introduction to Researching Education

ES5001: Introduction to Researching Education

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Introduction to Researching Education
Module Code ES5001
Module Tutor Richard Millican
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

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.

Indicative Syllabus

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;

literature reviews;

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

Learning Outcomes

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

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Assignment: Individual: 1200 words
002: 50% Portfolio: 1300 words
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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