Undergraduate Course: An Introduction to Research in Community Settings (EDUA08065)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will introduce students to the principles, traditions and approaches of social research.
The content of this course will provide grounding in research methodology through an examination of investigative techniques applicable to the collection of data in diverse community education settings. It will enable students to explore the theoretical influences and identify practical strengths and weaknesses of established research approaches. The course will aim to develop understanding of the scope and purpose of professional practice in particular community settings.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Articulate basic principles and methods of, and approaches to, social research.
- Identify the relevance of social research in the professional field of community education.
- Demonstrate the ability to develop a community-based investigation.
- Critically analyse the context and purpose of community education practice through empirical data.
Visit the following site for a discussion on Action Research:- http://www.web.net/~robrien/papers/arfinal.html
Participatory Action Research Handbook
Family Health International: Qualitative Research Methods: A Data Collector's Field Guide Participant Observation:
NW WEA Community Action Research: on IRCS Learn Page
UK Data Services (2014) Introduction to Qualitative Interviews
Pant, M Participatory Research
Mind, M (2011) Participatory Data Analysis: a step too far? Qualitative Research. August 2011, Vol 11 No 4 349-363.
Community Learning and Development Standards Council - CLD competences:-
Working and Learning Together to Build Stronger Communities - Scottish Executive Guidance for Community Learning and Development http://scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2004/02/18793/32157.
SCDCweb-site LEAPprocess http://leap.scdc.org.uk/
SCROL web-site http://www.scrol.gov.uk/scrol/common/home.jsp
Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics site at http://www.sns.gov.uk/default.aspx.
Cohen, L., Manion, L and Morrison, K (2013) 'Observation' in Research Methods and Education. 5th Edition. London: Routledge-Falmer.
Henderson, P and Thomas, D N (2000) 'Entering the Neighbourhood' in Skills in Neighbourhood Work. 3rd Edition, Oxon: Routledge.
Hawtin, M., Hughes, G and Percy-Smith, J (1994) Community Profiling: auditing social needs. Buckingham: OU Press.
Bell, J (1993) Doing Your Research Project. Buckingham: OU Press. p91-121.
Hope, A and Timmel, S (1999) 'Chapter 3 Problem-Posing Materials' in Training for Transformation. 8th Edition. London: IT Publications.
Bell, J (1993) 'Chapter 12 - Writing the Report' in Doing Your Research Project, Buckingham: OU Press.
Further reading as outline in the Course Booklet
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Timetable is arranged annually.
|Course organiser||Mr Alan MacKie
Tel: (0131 6)51 6259
|Course secretary||Mrs Lesley Spencer
Tel: (0131 6)51 6373