Professional Enquiry And Decision Making EDUC5376
- Academic Session: 2020-21
- School: School of Education
- Credits: 30
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 1
- Available to Visiting Students: No
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.
Requirements of Entry
PGDE Primary/Secondary in Subject/s
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
■ 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.