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Evidence in education research MED5390

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

In this course, students will learn about different perspectives on the nature of knowledge and evidence; and they will apply their new understanding to critique the evidence base for approaches to, and activities for, learning, teaching and assessment.

Timetable

tbc (distance-learning)

Requirements of Entry

Applicants should normally possess a medical, dental, or nursing degree from an institution recognised by the University Court; or a recognised degree from another appropriate health profession; they should ideally be employed in a relevant professional context. Applications will also be considered from individuals with other relevant degree qualifications (such as a BSc in a biomedical science), who are, or aspire to be, employed in the education of health professionals.

 

For applicants undertaking this course as part of the PGDip/Msc HPE or PGDip/MSc HPER, they would normally be expected to have completed the following courses successfully: Learning in Health Professions; Teaching in Health Professions; and Assessment in Health Professions.

Excluded Courses

MED5135

Assessment

Assignment that assesses understanding of alternative perspectives on knowledge and evidence in health professions education/education research (75%)

Contribution to online discussion (25%)

Course Aims

This course aims to give students the opportunity to:

1. Develop their knowledge and understanding of various perspectives on the nature of knowledge and evidence in social sciences, including education;

2. Critically appraise education literature/research data, taking into account appropriate perspectives, paradigms and criteria for evaluation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

 

1. Critically debate the nature of knowledge and evidence in the context of a social science such as health professions education;

2. Engage in critical debate on the evidence-base for various approaches to learning and teaching; and for specific methods in learning, teaching and assessment;

3. Critically analyse research data, in a manner consistent with the methodological approach;

4. Critical appraise and synthesise education literature/research, taking into account appropriate perspectives, paradigms and criteria for evaluation.

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.