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Research Methods in Education PgCert

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Distance learning 1 year Full time September 2020

Choose Kingston's Research Methods in Education

Develop your research skills with this postgraduate certificate course, taught 100% online.

This innovative online programme is designed with user-friendly accessible technology to provide you with confidence, knowledge and skills of advanced research methods of enquiry for educational practice. This will enable you to contextualise educational research, design a research project, analyse and evaluate a line of enquiry, and communicate your research ideas to promote research-rich workplace culture within your setting and beyond.
This course is ideal for graduates who work with children, young people, families and adults in a variety of settings in which education takes place, such as children's centres, nurseries, schools, colleges, consultancies, advisory services, museums, prisons, hospitals, higher education and other practice settings, which opens wider employability opportunities.

What will you study?

You will study a range of topics over the course of two modules, starting from methods of enquiry for ethically researching professional practice through to the design of a research proposal.

Assessment

Coursework assignments, including essay, presentation and research proposal.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Core modules

  • This module will introduce students to research methods and tools relevant to practitioners in education contexts. Theoretical perspectives surrounding methodological processes and the relevance of research to practice are critically examined and discussed. Specific research methodologies, such as Action Research and Case Study, will be evaluated to allow students opportunity to explore elements of research design including qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches to data collection and data analysis. Students will engage in discussions of methodological and ethical issues in order to develop a systematic, logical and carefully considered response. The module informs the design of a research proposal and a possible research project by facilitating students' understanding in methodological decision-making and the necessary tools and processes for undertaking research projects involving complex phenomena relevant to the student's professional interest and expertise.

     
  • This module is designed to introduce students to the process of planning, designing and preparing a research project by allowing them to put into practice their knowledge and understanding of educational research acquired in the previous module (Research Methods for Education). The module provides students with opportunities to define and refine the focus of proposed research, to identify, clarify and articulate their research questions, to consider the ethical and practical issues raised by their methodology, and to determine their precise methods and hone their research skills. It ensures that students are enabled to design and manage a professionally-relevant research project that follows the principles and standards of educational research as a systematic enquiry.

     

     

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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