Action Research in Education for Mid-Level Educators

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Level 7
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Course Overview

In this module, learners are presented with the opportunity to to plan a substantive piece of individual research concerning leadership within their specific context, connecting theory with practice. They are supported with additional research skill requisites, including online sessions exploring research methods and ethics in educational research.

Course Content

Planning Research in Educational Leadership

  • Research Rationale and Context
    • Defining the Research Problem
    • Understanding Contextual Relevance
    • Literature Review and Background Study
  • Developing a Research Proposal
    • Formulating Research Questions
    • Methodology Selection and Design
    • Ethical Considerations and Anticipated Outcomes
  • Impact and Relevance Evaluation
    • Potential Contributions to Educational Leadership
    • Relevance to Policy and Practice
    • Assessing Long-term Implications
  • Proposal Presentation and Feedback
    • Presenting Proposals to Peers and Instructors
    • Incorporating Feedback into Research Planning
    • Finalizing the Research Proposal

Theoretical Frameworks and Leadership

  • Relevant Theoretical Frameworks
    • Theories in Educational Leadership
    • Selection Criteria for Theoretical Frameworks
    • Integrating Multiple Theories
  • Application to Educational Settings
    • Case Studies on Theoretical Application
    • Simulated Application Exercises
  • Effectiveness of Theoretical Frameworkssome text
    • Analyzing Theoretical Application Outcomes
    • Comparative Effectiveness Studies
    • Theory-Practice Integration
  • Continuous Theoretical Engagement
    • Keeping Theories Relevant
    • Updating Frameworks Based on New Insights
    • Emerging Educational Leadership Theories

Research Skills in Action Research

  • Importance of Research Methodssome text
    • Qualitative vs. Quantitative Approaches
    • Mixed Methods Research
    • Selecting Appropriate Research Methods
  • Competence in Research Methodssome text
    • Data Collection Techniques
    • Analytical Tools and Techniques
    • Practical Data Analysis Exercises
  • Ethical Considerations in Researchsome text
    • Understanding Research Ethics
    • Ethical Approval Processes
    • Addressing Ethical Dilemmas in Research
  • Research Skills Developmentsome text
    • Workshops on Advanced Research Techniques
    • Peer Review Sessions
    • Continuous Learning and Skill Enhancement

Methodology and Ethics in Educational Research

  • Research Methods for Educationsome text
    • Overview of Educational Research Methods
    • Designing Effective Research Instruments
    • Sampling Techniques and Validity Concerns
  • Designing Research Instruments
    • Creating Effective Questionnaires and Surveys
    • Developing Interview and Focus Group Guides
    • Pilot Testing and Instrument Refinement
  • Implementing Ethical Research Practicessome text
    • Consent Processes in Educational Research
    • Confidentiality and Anonymity
    • Ethical Data Storage and Sharing
  • Methodological and Ethical Implications
    • Assessing Impact on Research Outcomes
    • Navigating Methodological Challenges
    • Ethical Reflection and Reporting

Data Collection and Analysis

  • Strategies for Effective Data Collectionsome text
    • Planning and Conducting Data Collection
    • Ensuring Data Quality and Integrity
    • Techniques for Engaging Participants
  • Analyzing Research Datasome text
    • Qualitative Data Analysis Methods
    • Quantitative Data Analysis and Interpretation
    • Using Software Tools for Data Analysis
  • Interpreting Findingssome text
    • Drawing Conclusions from Data
    • Relating Findings to Theoretical Frameworks
    • Identifying Implications for Practice
  • Reporting and Disseminationsome text
    • Structuring Research Reports
    • Disseminating Findings to Stakeholders
    • Peer-reviewed Publications and Presentations

Action Research in Practice

  • Planning Action Research Projectssome text
    • Identifying Focus Areas for Action Research
    • Setting Realistic Goals and Objectives
    • Engaging Stakeholders in the Research Process
  • Conducting Action Researchsome text
    • Implementing Action Plans
    • Monitoring Progress and Making Adjustments
    • Documenting the Process and Outcomes
  • Reflecting on Action Researchsome text
    • Lessons Learned from Action Research
    • Reflective Practices for Researchers
    • Sharing Experiences within Professional Communities
  • Sustaining Change Through Researchsome text
    • Strategies for Institutionalizing Changes
    • Building Capacity for Ongoing Inquiry

Advanced Topics in Educational Research

  • Innovative Research Methods
    • Exploring Emerging Research Techniques
    • Integrating Technology in Research Processes
    • Case Studies on Innovative Research Approaches
  • Collaborative Research Modelssome text
    • Building Research Partnerships
    • Collaborative Research in Educational Settings
    • Impact of Collaboration on Research Outcomes
  • Scaling and Transferring Research Insightssome text
    • Strategies for Scaling Successful Interventions
    • Transferring Insights Across Contexts
    • Policy Implications of Research Findings
  • Future Directions in Educational Researchsome text
    • Anticipating Trends in Educational Inquiry
    • Preparing for Future Research Challenges
    • Engaging with Global Educational Research Communities
Learning Outcome & Assessment Criteria

1.  Plan a substantive piece of individual research concerning leadership within a specific educational context

  1. Explain the rationale and context for the proposed research
  2. Develop a comprehensive research proposal outlining the methodology, ethical considerations and anticipated outcomes
  3. Evaluate the potential impact and relevance of the proposed research to the educational setting

2.  Connect theoretical frameworks with practical aspects of leadership in educational settings

  1. Describe relevant theoretical frameworks underpinning the research focus
  2. Apply chosen theoretical frameworks to real or hypothetical situations within the educational setting
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of the applied theoretical frameworks in addressing identified leadership challenges

3.  Acquire and apply additional research skills necessary for conducting action research

  1. Explain the importance of various research methods and ethical considerations in educational research
  2. Demonstrate competence in applying selected research methods in collecting and analysing data
  3. Evaluate the ethical implications of the research process and outcomes

4.  Demonstrate skills in research methods and ethics in educational research

  1. Identify and explain various research methods pertinent to educational settings
  2. Design a research instrument (e.g., questionnaire, interview guide) appropriate for a specified educational research topic
  3. Apply ethical considerations in the various stages of educational research, from data collection to dissemination
  4. Evaluate the implications, both methodological and ethical, of chosen research methods for specific educational contexts
  • The assessment strategy for this course is designed to test all the learning outcomes.
  • Learners must demonstrate successful achievement of all learning outcomes to pass the course.
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  • The assessment criteria for a pass will be presented with the summative exercise.
  • Further information and guidance on the assessment will be made available through the tutor.
Unit Pass Requirements

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