Postgraduate Course: Extended Work Based Project (EDUA11353)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is designed to provide an opportunity for the design, critical evaluation and development of extended professional action, within a coherently planned work based project. The processes involved encourage development and integration of critical reflection on professional values, professional knowledge and understanding and related professional actions.
This course constitutes the final 60 credits of the Masters in Leadership and Learning degree. This course provides the opportunity for independent study that is supported through formal academic supervision.
The course comprises two main parts -
Part 1 involves structured support and supervision for the development of a detailed proposal for an extended work-based study;
Part 2a involves the implementation of an extended work-based study; critical evaluation of process and outcomes, identification of next steps for self, practice and future research;
Part 2b involves composition of a research report to communicate the knowledge created as a product of the work-based study.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 16,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The summative assessment comprises two parts:«br /»
Part 1 - Project Proposal (13%);«br /»
Part 2 - Research Report (87%).«br /»
||Formative assessment and feedforward will be offered by course tutor/ supervisor, structured in three parts:
- feedforward on research proposal;
- formative feedback on choice and justification for format chosen for summative Research Report;
- feedback and/or feedforward on drafts of 2 chapters (or equivalent) of Research Report.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- design, conduct and evaluate an extended work-based research project, providing a critically informed rationale for actions taken
- construct a comprehensive review of relevant literature and other scholarly evidence, demonstrating that it has been used to critically consider and inform both the research design and the participant¿s professional knowledge, understanding, values and practice
- demonstrate that the professional actions undertaken are consistent with the intention of enhancing pupils¿ learning experiences, and/or an aspect of educational leadership, and/or the ethos of the school/educational setting
- demonstrate leadership and/or initiative to make an identifiable contribution to change and development and/or new thinking
- communicate the research conducted, both process and outcome, to a wider educational audience
|Core texts: |
Clough, P. and Nutbrown, C. (2012) ¿A Student¿s Guide to Methodology 3rd edition. London: Sage.
Cohen,L., Manion,L. and Morrison,K. (2011) Research Methods in Education 7th edition. Oxon: Routledge.
Gibbs, G. (2008) Analysing Qualitative Data. London: Sage.
Macfarlane, B., (2009) Researching with integrity. Oxon: Routledge.
Thomas, G. (2013) How To Do Your Research Project : A guide for students in education and applied social sciences. London: Sage.
Machi, L and McEvoy, B.T. (2009) The Literature Review Six Steps to Success.. Thousand Oaks CA: Corwin Press.
Thomson, P. & Kaimler, B. (2012) Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals: Strategies for getting published. Oxon: Routledge.
Wallace, M. and Wray, A. (2011) Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates. London: Sage.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course will support participants to develop and demonstrate their capabilities to:
- demonstrate understanding of the complexity of the change process in education
- demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of research methods employed to identify, interrogate and inform professional values, identities, understanding and practices
- demonstrate an advanced understanding of the criteria defining a critically informed literature review
- be responsive to their changing surroundings, being both flexible and proactive
- have the confidence to make decisions based on their understandings and personal and intellectual autonomy
- be able to transfer their knowledge, learning skills and abilities from one context to another
|Keywords||work-based research and enquiry; knowledge creation; knowledge transfer
|Course organiser||Dr Shereen Benjamin
Tel: (0131 6)51 6147
|Course secretary||Mrs Lesley Spencer
Tel: (0131 6)51 6373