Department: Master of Education
Module Description: This module develops the skills and understandings necessary to engage in research for a dissertation at Master’s level. It also enables critical analysis of research studies in education, so that students can evaluate the relevance and applicability of existing research to their own field. A repertoire of research techniques and approaches will be introduced and discussed with reference to the themes being studied in core and elective modules within the MEd. The module tackles data analysis and writing up, including discussion of dissemination of research to difference audiences. Students will develop skills in critical analysis of existing studies in terms of their methodology, validity, generalisability and ethical base.
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Healey, N. (2017). Reflections on the value of insider research as a qualitative research methodology. SAGE.
Moon, J. A. (2013). Reflections in learning and professional development: theory and practice. London: RoutledgeFalmer.
Schoonenboom, J. & Johnson, R.B. (2017). How to construct a mixed methods research design. Kolner Zeitschrift fur Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie , vol. 2(69), pp. 107-131. Request item
Veal, A. J. (2018). Research methods for leisure and tourism. 5th edn. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited (Always learning).