Run by School of Educational Sciences
60.000 Credits or 30.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Nia Young
Overall aims and purpose
The dissertation module is designed to equip students to undertake a small-scale piece of research or enquiry related to their educational practice. The module will support students to identify an area of their practice that is appropriate for a small-scale piece of research or enquiry, to formulate appropriate research questions, to choose appropriate data collection methods, to collect data and to undertake a critical analysis of the data. This module will prepare students to write up their findings and to present them in various formats. This module builds upon the Advanced Research and Enquiry Skills module which is a pre-requisite for undertaking the dissertation.
This module aims to support students to: 1. Plan and conduct a small-scale piece of research/enquiry that is relevant to their educational practice. 2. Engage critically and ethically with research design and data collection processes. 3. Critically appraise contemporary research methodologies and enquiry approaches within the social sciences 4. Undertake a piece of empirical investigation independently. 5. Present their research in different forms and to different audiences. 6. Refine their research skills so that they can independent research and lead others through an enquiry/research process.
Plan, execute and present a small-scale piece of research/enquiry.
Disseminate their research in a way that is relevant and accessible for different audiences.
Undertake appropriate planning of research so that it aligns with BERA (2018) ethical guidance
Undertake a critical review of the literature of relevance to the selected focus of research/enquiry.
Reflect critically upon their experience of conducting a research/enquiry project.
Articulate an appropriate research/enquiry methodology within the design of their study.
Identify an issue or question that is suitable for a small-scale piece of research/enquiry and formulate a suitable research question/or research questions.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/xme-4313.html
Lune, H., & Berg, B. L. (2016). Qualitative research methods for the social sciences. Pearson Higher Ed. Thomas, G. (2017) How to do your research project. 3rd ed. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. Cohen, L., Manion, L. and Morrison, K. (2018) Research methods in education. 8th ed. London: Routledge.
Danermark, B., Ekström, M., & Karlsson, J. C. (2019). Explaining society: Critical realism in the social sciences. Routledge.
Kumar, R. (2019), Research Methodology. 5th ed. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.
Silverman, D. (Ed.). (2016). Qualitative research. London SAGE Publications