Contemporary Research Theory and Methods in Social and Pedagogical Contexts EDUC51017

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides a broad introduction to contemporary approaches to theory and practice in educational research. Particularly designed for students who are interested in culturally-responsive and participatory research, the course includes inputs in both qualitative and quantitative research, as well as post-qualitative, arts-informed, and conceptual methodologies.


3 hour sessions, once a week, for 10 weeks

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





The assessment consists of:

1. A 3000 essay describing and justifying a research methodology for a specified topic (70%)

2. A 1000 written report comparing two contrasting approaches to research (20%)

3. A practical task carrying out a specified research method and submitting the resulting data and analysis (10%)

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:


■ Extend students to histories, theories and methodologies of research in education

■ Establish a sound knowledge of an appropriate range of paradigms of research.

■ Engage in critical exploration of concepts and practices of educational research and discourses around the role of research in the field of education and society more broadly

■ Develop interdisciplinary analytic and research skills for students to examine educational practices in contemporary diverse contexts

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Critically analyse prominent and pertinent frameworks of educational research

■ Critically analyse how research approaches relate to and inform wider political and social debates;

■ Design a research methodology appropriate to a specified topic

■ Demonstrate competency in at least one empirical research method

■ Present ideas critically, clearly and coherently in appropriate academic style, developing well-structured arguments, and observing the disciplines of writing and presentation;

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.