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Course Overview

This course is designed for students registered on the BA Childhood Practice degree with a focus on the need for action research to inform practice, the process of research and a small scale research study in the student’s work setting.  The aim of the course is to promote and encourage the use of workplace based activities as the basis for academic study.  This course is designed to meet the continuing professional development of individuals involved with working with children and students must be employed in a relevant educational setting for a minimum of 12.5 hours per week. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Mrs Catriona McDonald

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • BA (Hons) in Childhood Practice (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The focus of this course is to develop research skills through planning and implementing a research study including a search for relevant literature to inform the content and process in a chosen area of practice.

  • Review of research methods and strategies appropriate for small scale research.
  • Identification of a suitable area for research by creating a research question and proposing a suitable design.
  • Discussion of the relevance, validity and reliability of a variety of small case studies.
  • Consideration of the ethics of research and identify appropriate ethical strategies.
  • Implementation of a small scale research study in an area of choice within the early learning environment.
  • Organisation and management of the data collected from the small research study in a relevant and appropriate form.
  • Critical analysis of data from the small scale research in order to draw conclusions.
  • Linking conclusions from findings to appropriate and relevant literature.
  • Evaluation of the research process and the findings from the research in order to reflect on and inform personal and professional practice.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: A research report of 6,000 words written in an appropriate research format.

Resit: Resubmission of the report.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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