Design & Technology Education MDTechEd

Professional Enquiry And Decision Making EDUC5376

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 30
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to promote engagement with and research in organisational settings by professionals. Participants will be supported to appraise critically published research relevant to their practice; and to problematise aspects of practise and plan research to inform improvement planning in the workplace.


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An identification of the focus for enquiry.

The development for a proposal for enquiry.

A review of the literature of the research methods involved in the project.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

■ To develop ability to access and critically review relevant literature

■ To continue to develop a critically reflective approach to practice

■ To acquire an understanding of the range of paradigms appropriate to educational research including, action research, collaborative professional enquiry and practitioner-based enquiry

■ To develop research skills - qualitative and quantitative methods of enquiry, including an introduction to data analysis - relevant to school-based enquiry

■ To develop skill in using research evidence to make educational decisions

■ To enable students to work ethically in practitioner research

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Use search techniques to access and record information to fulfil research needs

■ Evaluate information sources and critically review information retrieved

■ Identify strengths and weaknesses of different data gathering techniques used in practitioner research

■ Conduct preliminary analysis of qualitative and quantitative data

■ Pose appropriate clear questions which indicate the focus of a proposed enquiry

■ Apply ethical guidelines when appraising published research

■ Use ethical guidelines in preparing proposals for practitioner enquiry (insider research)

■ Design and justify an appropriate methodology for a small-scale, practice-based enquiry

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

See generic Masters regulations.