In this module, students are supported in writing a research proposal to inform the planning and carrying out of a piece of research, usually in their own professional context, and in writing a dissertation. The module begins with a compulsory weekend study school in which the strands from the programme modules are revisited and in which students extend their critical understanding of research methods and methodologies.
Following the study school, students develop a research proposal for a small scale study. Once the proposal
and ethical considerations have been approved, students undertake an independent study which informs the writing of a dissertation.
Lectures (4 x 2 hours) (LO1-6)
Student-led seminars (2 x 2 hours) at the residential study school (LO1, 2, 3, 4)
Study skill seminars (4 x 1 hour) at the RSS will support students in enhancing critical reading/writing skills (LO1) and in planning for professional/academic progression following completion of the MA Programme (LO6)
Group tutorial (1 x 1hour) to discuss the proposal (LO1,2,3,4)
Online learning and teaching methods will focus on the following areas in online seminars, discussions, guided reading, guided writing, 1 to 1 supervision, private study and other online materials:
- the methodological and operational means of research which utilises a variety of research
methods in a range of early childhood educational settings (LO4)
- the ethical considerations associated with doing research with young children and families
- specific recent studies which demonstrate clear educational relevance (LO1,6)
- effective dissemination of research findings (LO6)
- the design and carrying out of a small-scale study, leading to the submission of a dissertation.
Students will identify a topic and site for enquiry; conceptualise specific research questions;
consider ethical implications; select and adapt particular methods; manage the enquiry in the
field; collect and organise data; analyse data; write an account of the research process and its findings; communicate research outcomes to a variety of audiences (LO1,2,3,4,5,6)
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