The module aims to provide participants with a grounding in educational and social research. The module will provide students the opportunity to:
- explore the politics and purposes of different types of research;
- investigate the range of theories of knowledge which underpin different approaches to research;
- critically reflect on ethical issues for research and their own identity as a researcher;
- become familiar with a range of research concepts and methods for data collection and analysis;
- read and critique research within their own and other disciplines.
The following series of topics/ areas will be considered:
- aims and purposes of research;
- approaches and paradigms;
- research designs;
- research questions and hypotheses;
- choosing data collection methods;
- what constitutes data?;
- data analysis;
- judging the quality of research; synthesis and use of research.
Throughout the module ethical issues and the identity and role of the researcher will be considered.
|Dates 16-17:||This module is scheduled to take place in the Autumn and Spring term.|