EDUC44050 Research Methods for SBF

Academic Year 2023/2024

The module will introduce students to the use of mixed methods in research with particular reference to educational contexts that emphasise mentoring and induction. Areas covered include, qualitative and quantitative approaches to research with a focus on using these methodologies in school contexts. Classroom based research methodology will form a central component. The module will aim to develop an awareness on the part of students of the skills essential to using mixed research methods .

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Distinguish between different research approaches and methodologies.
2. Identify a research question, or hypotheses, and the variables involved
3. Understand, and be able to apply, the principles of good questionnaire design
4. Be able to understand basic statistical procedures and their uses and limitations.
5. Be able to use the SPSS computer package for the analysis of data
6. Be able to present research results in a clear and organised fashion
7. Be able to develop a research proposal for their own study in which they make an informed judgement on the research question, type of method most appropriate to the issue under scrutiny, and procedures to be used.

Indicative Module Content:

1. Understanding the research process
2. Reviewing the literature
3. Research Ethics
4. Preparing surveys
5. Reviewing statistical approaches
6. Statistical Analysis
7. Conducting interviews and analysing interview data
8. Case Study Research
9. Writing up data
10. Academic Writing

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This will be a highly interactive experience where students will be expected to contribute to discussions, engage in practice based activities and share their approaches and activities. The lectures will guide learning, and will be provided before the lecture takes place. The lecture will proceed on the basis that students will have read the required articles and be able to engage in focussed discussion of the selected topics. The lectures will be recorded so that students will have access to the content discussed during the lecture. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Students will complete a 3,000 word research proposal for completing an institutional study in their place of work-practice using appropriate research methodologies Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

During the module students will receive the feedback criteria by which their assignment will be marked. They will also be given the opportunity to submit a draft proposal which they will receive individual guidance on. They will also have the opportunity to submit a draft assignment where they will receive guidance and direction prior to submitting their final piece of work.

Name Role
Dr Magdelina Kitanova Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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