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ED555S: RESEARCH METHODS FOR PROFESSIONAL LEARNING (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

This course aims to provide participants with a critical working knowledge of the key aspects of research and enquiry, in the context of professional learning and the enhancement of professional practice. Participants will source and critically engage with relevant literature and other evidence to provide a backdrop to the design of a small-scale enquiry in professional context. Decisions taken during all aspects of enquiry design will be justified using evidence. Enquiry processes implemented will be critically evaluated, and implications for future practice uncovered.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Dean Robson

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course will support participants to design, develop, implement and evaluate small-scale enquiries to critically explore some aspect of their professional practice drawing on a range of evidence from literature and context. The knowledge and skills developed are transferable to further PG study (such as Dissertation) and applicable to on-going evidence-driven professional learning and development.   

 

Participants will develop skills to:

 

  • Critically evaluate academic literature;
  • Search for and source academic literature connected with your professional interests;
  • Analyse evidence and arguments to support your professional judgements;
  • Justify the design of a small-scale enquiry, in the context of policy, research and current practice;
  • Understand ethical requirements in relation to the design and implementation of enquiry;
  • Collect, analyse and interpret data from professional settings using a range of methods;
  • Critically evaluate enquiry processes using primary and secondary evidence.

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Report: Individual

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Essay

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Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralUnderstandappreciate the appropriate and ethical research methods likely to yield results in the particular circumstances under investigation, and understand issues of reliability and validity in research
ProceduralApplyapply advanced knowledge and understanding to enhance personal professional practice
ReflectionCreatemake informed contributions to current professional debates and discussions, and communicate findings to a range of stakeholders.
ProceduralCreateformulate research/enquiry questions for the design of small scale investigation.
ReflectionAnalyseanalyse critically evidence and arguments to support professional judgments, sometimes in complex and ambiguous situations
FactualEvaluatedevelop a critical understanding of the principal theories and concepts of the topics studied, together with a knowledge of major policy issues involved.

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