30 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module provides students with the opportunity to devise, carry out and evaluate a small scale research study on a topic relevant to practice in early childhood education. Supported by guided readings and online discussions focused upon research methods, methodology, ethics and the evaluation and writing up of research data, students will be able to reflect on practice through the process of original research, culminating in a research report. The skills, knowledge and attitudes that students develop in this module will support them in moving on to the dissertation in year two of the programme.

Staff Contact: BARAI ANEESH
Teaching Methods: This is taught through a blended approach of face-to-face and distance and/or online teaching and learning methods. Face to face methods: Lectures (4 x 2 hours) at the residential study school (LO1,2,3). Student-led seminars (2 x 2 hours) at the RSS (LO2,3,4). Study skill seminars (4 x 1 hour) at the RSS (LO1). Group tutorial (1 x 1hour) to discuss the assignment (LO 1,2,3,4). 1 to 1 tutorials via email and Skype (or equivalent) and email communication to provide informal dialogue, encourage further reflection and analysis, and formative feedback on an assignment outline and draft (LO1,2,3). Bespoke learning materials, including the use of video-based resources, on MOLE to scaffold and inform independent study including resources to support knowledge, understanding and skills relating to quantitative, qualitative and post-qualitative research in early childhood education (LO1,2,3). Online discussion boards on MOLE for synchronous and asynchronous dialogue within learning community (LO1). Online collaborative tasks, accessed via MOLE, enabling students to share ideas and consider a range of specified issues in relation to planning, implementing and evaluating a small scale inquiry (LO1,2,3) Independent study, including sourcing and reading of academic literature, library e-tutorials to support study skills, writing (LO1,2,3) Interactive, multimedia topic prompts relating to research and inquiry in early childhood education (LO1,2,3)....
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