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Postgraduate Course: Reading and analysing the literature in Higher Education (REDU11066)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course aims to establish a sound foundation for Masters┐ level study of higher education by developing the capacity for informed and critical engagement with the literatures of higher education. This entails advancing an understanding of the methodologies underpinning these literatures and of how claims are evidenced, paying attention to quantitative and qualitative approaches. Given that the higher education literatures encompass many different types of publication, the course needs to alert participants to the forms, communicative purposes and differing audience requirements of different ┐genres┐ of higher education literature. Critical engagement with the higher education literature can also only be fostered by actually engaging in close, analytical reading of publications and debating the merits of different interpretations of an article or book. Accordingly much of the course content centres on guided exercises in close reading of, and interactive discussions around, selected publications.
Course description Alerting participants to key issues of genre, purpose and audience in the higher education literatures

Taking ahead reading of the higher education research and scholarship with a critical alertness to conceptual, methodological, and other salient issues

Delineating central features of contrasting genres of higher education literature, such as: surveys; educational evaluations; policy documents in higher education; reviews of higher educational research; accounts of practices-in-context

Examining the integration and reporting of findings from different modes of analysis

Exploring the relationships between research evidence and the worlds of policy and practice

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. On completion of the course unit, students will be able to:
    demonstrate a critical awareness of the range of genres to be found in the higher education literatures, and of the intended audiences and conventions associated with these genres
  2. approach their reading of the higher education literatures in a more scholarly adept and reflective manner

  3. adopt an appropriately questioning approach to supporting evidence (qualitative and quantitative) and to the appropriate deployment of methodologies for gathering and interpreting data

  4. display a capacity to analyse the conceptual frameworks and underlying assumptions of publications in higher education

Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserMr Charles Anderson
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Course secretaryMs Angela Hunter
Tel: (0131 6)51 1196
Email: Angela.Hunter@ed.ac.uk
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