Module title: Educational Research Methods and Practice

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: EDU11112
Module leader: Anne Tierney
School Department of Learning, Teaching & Enhancement
Subject area group: Learning and Teaching Enhancement
Prerequisites

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

2018/9, Trimester 1, Online, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Online
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Anne Tierney
Module Organiser:


Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Tutor support is provided by online tutorials using Moodle and WebEx, to best meet individual support needs. Students will have the opportunity to consult online guest speakers, and to discuss common issues and challenges in online peer-peer exchanges. They will also be expected to find and critique articles from relevant journals.

Students start with the identification of a suitable pedagogic research area relevant to their area of practice or interest (LO 2). They are then required to undertake a thorough literature review that draws upon quality research in the chosen area (LO 3), before developing and presenting a robust research plan that is relevant, theoretically and ethically sound, and justifiable in terms of planned approach (LOs 1,4).

This module provides students with opportunities to enhance time management skills, communication, problem solving, reflection and critical evaluation. Self-motivation and self-reliance, together with an ability to challenge established assumptions are central. The focus and subject matter of this module ensure the application and development of educational research skills and expertise that can be directly applied to completing a Master's level dissertation. It will equally provide a firm foundation for continued research-informed and research-focused pedagogical practice and activity.
Assessment is undertaken throughout the module - identifying a research area, conducting a literature review, developing a proposal - structured to provide opportunities for feedback at key points. Assessment is designed to be integral to the learning process.

In exploring key issues, methods and considerations in educational research, students will engage with the implications of student diversity, inclusivity and inclusive curriculum, ethics, and cultural diversity in conceptions of and approaches to teaching and learning, both in general and where relevant to their assessed work.


Formative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Summative Assessment:
The University is currently undertaking work to improve the quality of information provided on methods of assessment and feedback. Please refer to the section on Learning and Teaching Approaches above for further information about this module’s learning, teaching and assessment practices, including formative and summative approaches.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 170
Online Other 30
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200


Assessment
Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 25 2 5 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Essay 50 3 9 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2500
Report 25 1,4 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 75
Component 2 subtotal: 25
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Philosophy and models of the research process
Quantitative and qualitative research methods
Research methods for blended and online teaching and learning
Sample surveys, sampling methods, design and use of questionnaires, interviews, fieldwork
Analysis methods, tools, frameworks and software
Logistics and practicalities of research and evaluation.
Literature searches including electronic media and the WWW
Constructing a research question and writing research reports
Ethical issues and codes of conduct, academic rigour in 'e-learning' research.



Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Evidence a comprehensive and practical understanding of the research methodologies and processes in an education context.
LO2: Formulate, justify and defend robust and focussed research questions.
LO3: Critically evaluate information and sources that are relevant to a particular research area.
LO4:. Design a research programme, including evaluation of the ethical implications of the research and the data collection requirements.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:

Core - COHEN, L., MANION, L., & MORRISON, K. (2011) RESEARCH METHODS IN EDUCATION.: LONDON:ROUTLEDGE, 7th ed. - ISBN: 9781135721961
Core - DENSCOMBE, M. (2008) THE GOOD RESEARCH GUIDE FOR SMALL-SCALE SOCIAL RESEARCH PROJECTS.: MAIDENHEAD: MCGRAWHILL/OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS., 3rd ed. - ISBN: 9780335229680
Core - COUSIN, G. (2009) RESEARCHING LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION: AN INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY METHODS AND APPROACHES.: NEW YORK ; ABINGDON : ROUTLEDGE Vol. 2009, 1st ed. - ISBN: 9780203884584
Core - HOPKINS, D. (2008) A TEACHER'S GUIDE TO CLASSROOM RESEARCH.: MAIDENHEAD: MCGRAWHILL/OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS., 4th ed. - ISBN: 9780335221752
Core - KING, N. (2010) INTERVIEWS IN QUALITATIVE RESEARCH.: LONDON, THOUSAND OAKS: SAGE., 1st ed.
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