Research Methods in Education

Data and Business Intelligence

Training and Coaching

Unit Code
Level 7
Distance Learning
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Unit Code
Level 7
Distance Learning Fee
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Total Fee £1600

£2360 (£1600 during the tuition waiver period)

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Course Overview

The aim of this course is to develop learners’ research skills to include understanding different research approaches, formulation of research proposals, planning research activity, analysing and interpreting data, and the relationship between research and evidence-based practice.

Course Content


Introduction to research Methods

  • Philosophies of Educational Research
  • Epistemology and Educational Research
  • The Ethics of Educational Research
  • The context of Educational Research

 Research Design

  • Research Approaches
  • Research Strategy

 Styles of research

  • Case study
  • Evaluation
  • Ethnography
  • Action Research
  • Experimentation
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Posing research questions

Research Planning

  • Research aim, objectives and intended outcomes
  • Developing your ideas
  • Choice of research topic
  • Setting an action plan
  • Sampling
  • Using literature in research
  • Preparing a literature review
  • Conducting the literature review

Data collection

  • Surveys
  • Questionnaire
  • Doing an interview
  • Doing an observation

Data analysis and reporting

  • Analysing qualitative data
  • Preparing and organising the data: Transcription and summary
  • Coding and content analysis
  • Presenting data
  • Managing data files and types

Planning a research proposal

  • Elements of a research proposal
  • Create an appropriate research proposal
Learning Outcome & Assessment Criteria

1. Understand the relevance of research within educational contexts

  1. Justify the contribution of research to education provision
  2. Discuss the significance of research to inform educational practice
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between research and evidence-based practice in education
  4. Evaluate an existing piece of research relevant to education provision

2.  Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental research structure and approaches in education

  1. Identify the fundamental process of conducting a research study
  2. Examine different research methodologies and discuss their application in an educational context
  3. Explain the significance and application of theory, models and frameworks in research
  4. Explain and mitigate possible ethical considerations in research

3.  Collect, analyse and interpret data

  1. Create research questions to guide data collection
  2. Identify and explain types and sources of research data
  3. Create survey questions for use in qualitative research
  4. Collect and analyse data using thematic coding analysis method

4.  Plan a research proposal relevant to management of educational context

  1. Justify elements of a research proposal
  2. Create an appropriate research proposal
  • 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.
Assessment Marking Criteria


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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

To pass the unit a 40% overall grade must be achieved.

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