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  1. Programme structure 13 items
    1. Week 17: Post-session readings 1 item
      Focus of the session: Introduction to module; The nature and purposes of research; Researcher identity values and positionality
    2. Week 18: Reading 1 item
      Focus of the session: Search strategies; Theory of methodology- revision
      1. How to research

        Chapter Essential reading Chapters 8 and 9.

    3. Week 19: Reading 1 item
      Focus of the session: Research design; What is research design?; Why does research needs to be designed?; Different kinds of research and different designs; Justifying design decisions; Producing the dissertation: overview & reviewing samples
      1. Designing Research in the Social Sciences

        Chapter Essential reading Chapter 1: Social science and research design.

    4. Week 20: Reading 2 items
      Focus of the session: Qualitative methods 1: Observation and analysis
      1. Introduction to research methods in education

        Chapter Essential reading Read Chapter 8, pp. 141-189. Qualitative Research Design

      2. An introduction to classroom observation - E. C. Wragg 2012

        Book Essential reading Earlier editions in stock at the same shelf mark

    5. Week 21: Reading week: Independent study and research

    6. Week 22: Reading 1 item
      Focus of the session: Writing the literature review
    7. Week 23: Reading 2 items
      Focus of the session: Qualitative methods 2: Interviews, questionnaires and analysis
      1. Real world research : a resource for users of social research methods in applied seetings

        Chapter Essential reading Read Chapter 12, pp. 284-306. Interviews and focus groups

      2. Real world research : a resource for users of social research methods in applied seetings

        Chapter Essential reading Read chapter 18, pp. 459-486. The analysis and interpretation of qualitative data

    8. Week 24: Reading 3 items
      Focus of the session: Quantitative/multiple methods- and analysis
      1. Introduction to research methods in education

        Chapter Essential reading Chapter 11, Quantitative Research Design

      2. What is Mixed Methods Research - John Cresswell 19/2/2013

        Audio-visual document Essential reading

      3. Paradigms Lost and Pragmatism Regained - David L. Morgan 01/2007

        Article Essential reading

    9. Week 25: Task: Prepare 5-6 slides outlining research proposal; Research proposal PowerPoint presentations

  2. Really Useful Texts 2 items
    1. Key Ideas in Educational Research - David Scott, Marlene Morrison 2007 (Paperback)

      Book Recommended reading

    2. Realism and Social Science - Andrew Sayer 2000 (Paperback)

      Book Recommended reading

  3. ESSENTIAL READING 3 items
    1. An introduction to classroom observation - E. C. Wragg 2012

      Book Essential reading Earlier editions in stock at the same shelf mark

    2. Ethics and Educational Research - Martin Hammerlsey, Anna Traianou

      Website Essential reading

  4. RECOMMENDED READING 36 items
    1. The SAGE Handbook of Learning

      Chapter Recommended reading Read 'A Phenomenological Perspective on Learning' by David Aldridge, pp. 117-128.

    2. How to research - Loraine Blaxter, Christina Hughes, Malcolm Tight 2010

      Book Recommended reading

    3. SPSS for psychologists and everybody else - Nicola Brace, Richard Kemp, Rosemary Snelgar 2016

      Book Recommended reading

    4. Ethics and education research - Rachel Brooks, Kitty Te Riele, Meg Maguire, British Educational Research Association 2014

      Book Recommended reading

    5. Asking the right questions: a guide to critical thinking - M. Neil Browne, Stuart M. Keeley 2014

      Book Recommended reading

    6. Social research methods - Alan Bryman 2016

      Book Recommended reading

    7. Qualitative inquiry & research design: choosing among five approaches - John W. Creswell, Cheryl N. Poth 2018

      Book Recommended reading

    8. Research methods in education - Louis Cohen, Lawrence Manion, Keith Morrison, Richard Bell 2011

      Book Recommended reading

    9. Qualitative inquiry & research design: choosing among five approaches - John W. Creswell, Cheryl N. Poth 2018

      Book Recommended reading

    10. The SAGE handbook of qualitative research 2018

      Book Recommended reading

    11. Doing research in the real world - David E. Gray 2014

      Book Recommended reading

    12. A handbook for teacher research: from design to implementation - Colin Lankshear, Michele Knobel 2004 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    13. You and your action research project - Jean McNiff 2016 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    14. Research methods for education - Peter Newby 2014 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    15. Introduction to research methods in education - Keith Punch, Alis Oancea 2014

      Book Recommended reading

    16. Real world research: a resource for users of social research methods in applied settings - Colin Robson 2011

      Book Recommended reading

    17. The SAGE handbook of learning 2015 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    18. Interpreting qualitative data: a guide to the principles of qualitative research - David Silverman 2011

      Book Recommended reading

    19. Theory and methods in social research - Bridget Somekh, Cathy Lewin 2011

      Book Recommended reading

    20. Air & light & time & space: how successful academics write - Helen Sword 2017 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    21. Planning for educational change: putting people and their contexts first - Martin Wedell c2009 (electronic resource)

      Book Recommended reading

    22. School-based research: a guide for education students 2017

      Book Recommended reading

    23. Case study research and applications: design and methods - Robert K. Yin 2018

      Book Recommended reading

  5. DATABASES: 3 items
    1. SocINDEX with Full Text

       

      (Click on 'Databases A-Z' link below.)

    2. In addition to the above, students will need to conduct a literature search in their chosen specialist field and thus, will be guided toward appropriate available resources and research journals.

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