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Undergraduate Course: An Introduction to Research in Community Settings (EDUA08065)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will introduce students to the principles, traditions and approaches of social research.
Course description 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)
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. Articulate basic principles and methods of, and approaches to, social research.
  2. Identify the relevance of social research in the professional field of community education.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to develop a community-based investigation.
  4. Critically analyse the context and purpose of community education practice through empirical data.
Reading List
On-line texts:

Visit the following site for a discussion on Action Research:-

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.

Policy Texts:

Community Learning and Development Standards Council - CLD competences:-

Working and Learning Together to Build Stronger Communities - Scottish Executive Guidance for Community Learning and Development

SCDCweb-­site LEAPprocess
2February: Secondary

SCROL web-site

Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics site at

Printed texts:

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

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Timetable is arranged annually.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMr Alan MacKie
Tel: (0131 6)51 6259
Course secretaryMrs Lesley Spencer
Tel: (0131 6)51 6373
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