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Undergraduate Course: Research Methods for Immersion and Bilingual Education (EDUA10190)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will give an overview of the principal qualitative and quantitative research methods applicable to the study of bilingual and immersion education. The course will inform students' dissertations and their future teaching practice by means of enabling them to understand and undertake research.
Course description The course will provide a conceptual and a practical grounding in the research methods applicable to bilingual and immersion education, with attention to both qualitative and quantitative methods, and combinations of them. Examples used on the course will be drawn from international research on immersion or bilingual education and also from research in Scotland on immersion or bilingual education that would be directly relevant to the students' future employment as teachers.
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. demonstrate an understanding of the aims of social research and ethical considerations in conducting research in schools and with children
  2. demonstrate an understanding of qualitative data collection techniques: observation, interviewing, ethnographic approaches, use of documentary evidence
  3. demonstrate an understanding of theoretical and practical issues concerning qualitative data analysis
  4. demonstrate an understanding of presenting results from qualitative research
  5. demonstrate an understanding of issues of the validity and generalisability of findings using qualitative methods
Reading List
Bazeley, P. (2007). Qualitative Data Analysis with NVivo. 2nd edn. London: SAGE.

Bechhofer, F. and Paterson, L. (2000). Principles of Research Design in the Social Sciences. London: Routledge.

Bryman, A.(2012). Social Research Methods. 4th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Cohen, L., Manion, L., & Morrison, K. (2011). Research Methods in Education. 7th edn.
London: Routledge.

Fielding, J. & Gilbert, N. (2006). Understanding Social Statistics. 2nd edn. London: SAGE.

Gibbs, G. (2007). Analyzing Qualitative Data: The SAGE Qualitative Research Kit. London: SAGE.

Hand, D. (2008). Statistics: a Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Marian, Viorica (2008). ┐Bilingual Research Methods┐, in An Introduction to Bilingualism: Principles and Processes, ed. by Jeanette Altarriba & Roberta R. Heredia, 13-38. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Marsh, C. & Elliott, J. (2008). Exploring Data. 2nd edn. Cambridge: Polity.

Muijs, D. (2011). Doing Quantitative Research in Education with SPSS. 2nd edn. London: SAGE.

Ritchie, J., Lewis, J., McNaughton Nicholls, C & Ormston, R. (2013). Qualitative Research Practice: A Guide for Social Science Students and Researchers. London: SAGE

Robson, C. (2011). Real World Research: A Resource for Social Scientists and Practitioner-Researchers. 3rd edn. Oxford: Blackwell.

Silverman, D. (2009). Doing Qualitative Research. 3rd edn. London: SAGE.

Silverman, D. (2011). Interpreting Qualitative Data. 4th edn. London: SAGE.

Tarling R. (2009). Statistical Modelling for Social Researchers. London: Routledge.

Wei, Li, and Mover, Melissa (2008). The Blackwell Guide to Research Methods in Bilingualism and Multilingualism. Oxford: Blackwell.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsResearch Methods,Immersion,Bilingual Education
Course organiserDr Fiona O'Hanlon
Tel: (0131 6)50 4839
Email: Fiona.O'
Course secretaryMiss Marzia Ballardin
Tel: (0131 6)50 3920
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