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Postgraduate Course: Researching Your Teaching (EDUA11391)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe aim is help participants to develop a theoretical understanding of the process of investigating their own teaching and students┐ learning to enable then to carry out their own educational research.
Course description The course begins from the premise that we can combine our own academic practice with effective educational research practice. This can include qualitative and quantitative research, reflective accounts of practice and other diverse forms of enquiry. The course will work through a step-by- step process of planning, implementing, analysing and reporting research. It will identify different approaches / methods and the kinds of problems they can be used to address. Through this process it aims to enable participants to carry out their own independent educational research that is robust and valid on their own / their students┐ practice. To provide a realistic context participants will be asked to design research proposal using guidelines from the Principal┐s Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS). They will not be required to submit the proposal to the scheme but may do so if they wish.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Course Start Date 21/09/2020
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework
Feedback Participants will end the first block with some formative feedback on their initial plans and will use this information to develop their research plans further before block two commences. They will also be encouraged to look at the PTAS website as a preparation for the summative assignment as a formative task.
PTAS will be introduced to participants and the focus of the session will move towards how they will design and carry out research within the framework of this scheme. They will move through a series of guided activities (again with peer and course leader support) and by the end of the session participants will have an action plan for carrying out their project and also for the summative assignment (a funding application using PTAS guidelines). Formative feedback will be an intrinsic part of this process.
Feedback will be given on the summative assignment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. frame researchable questions appropriate to their working context and make informed choices regarding approaches, theoretical frameworks and methodologies to investigate research questions.
  2. gather, reflect on and interpret evidence in relation to their teaching and their students┐ learning. They will be able to apply their insights and findings in order to improve their own practice
  3. publically share and review insights and findings with other educators through presentations, publications, performances, personal contact and peer review in order to improve practice beyond their own context.
Reading List
Becker, W & Andrews, M. L. (2004) The scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education. Bloomington: Indiana UP.

Reason, P. and Bradbury, Hilary (eds.) (2008) Handbook of Action research. Participative Inquiry and Practice. London: Sage.

Savory, P (2007): Inquiry into the college classroom. A journey toward scholarly Teaching. Jossey Bass.

Cohen, L.; Manion, L & Morrison (2011) Research methods in education. London: Routledge
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to design and undertake small scale research
KeywordsEducational research
Course organiserDr Neil Lent
Tel: (0131 6)51 7199
Course secretaryMiss Emily Salvesen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6661
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