The Enquiry-based module is lead by Dr Jane Yeomans and Dr Mark Turner. With 3 cohorts a year in January, May & September you can choose a start date that suits you. You will have up to 12 months to complete the module via our online learning platform Campus Online. You will need to complete the Enquiry-based module as the final 60 credits of our MEd SEND programme. Here are some key reasons why you should take this module: Develop the skills and knowledge to undertake organisational change via a structured, ethical enquiry-based project. Engage directly with your professional setting through practical activities structured around our unique learning experiences. Work towards the completion of your Action Research project through supporting theories and reflection and by taking part in example activities. Learn with experienced undergraduate and postgraduate supervisors.
Strand one: Understanding enquiry in the organisational context Begin your research journey by examining the theoretical underpinnings of the concept of ‘enquiry’ and ‘research’. Explore ‘action research’ and create a ‘research diary’ to record your perspective on the process. Share your thoughts with other delegates – using the information that you have just gathered – and sketch out research topics/areas that you might pursue in your own setting. Look at the application of action research (the RADIO model) and use it as a framework for understanding the relationship between research and organisational change. Consider the ethical implications of your proposed research activities as you develop your project. Examine the ethical principles involved in this type of research and consider how you will address them as you proceed through the module. Strand two: Negotiating your research Develop an ‘action research’ proposal that differs from other research methodologies and work with colleagues to agree on the way forward. Develop a holistic research proposal using Campus OnlineTM documents that encourage you to keep your eye on the bigger picture. Initiate your project in line with the RADIO model steps, gather the required information, and submit your project proposal at the end of the strand. Develop your project through three tutorials, close discussion with the leadership team in your setting and project stakeholders. Submit your project proposal and gain ethical approval from your tutor team. Strand three: Gathering and analysing data Start to gather and analyse information and data in the wake of your project proposal submission. Develop and submit a draft of your literature review and the research that you have carried out on the current policies in your setting. Gather research data as outlined in your proposal. Develop your analytical strategy and complete an initial analysis of your data in preparation for the action planning stage of the next strand. Strand four: Processing information and action planning Move on to the RADIO phase known as the ‘organisational change mode’. Share your data analysis with stakeholders, reflect upon what it might mean for your organisation as a whole, and work with your stakeholders to put together an intervention plan that delivers measurable results. Strand five: Implementation, evaluation, and reflection Implement and evaluate the final stages of the RADIO model. Reflect on the research and development processes that you have undertaken with your colleagues and stakeholders. Think about how you have met your proposal objectives, the challenges that you have faced, and the accommodations and adjustments that you have made along the way.
You will need to produce: Critical Analysis 1 (2000 words) A critique of a published paper that includes: A succinct summary of your paper and the main findings Identification and critique of the research paradigm used Critique of the design and methods used Critique of findings You will be provided with a choice of papers from which you can select one for the critique. Critical Analysis 2 (3000 words): Literature review of the topic area for your research which demonstrates how key literature is used to formulate research aims and questions for the subsequent enquiry. Practice Analysis 1 (2000 words): Research and ethical proposals. You will complete a donated proforma that gives details of the following: Research questions and aims Methodology Methods Data collection Data analysis Ethical considerations: voluntary informed consent, right to withdraw, confidentiality This proposal must be approved by your tutor and independently by another tutor who does not know your work. Data collection can only take place after approval. Practice Analysis 2 (5000 words or equivalent): Account of a piece of enquiry-based SEND practice that includes: An introduction, outlining the topic area and including a summary of key literature Description of the methodological approach Use of the RADIO model as the framework for negotiation and planning The way in which research ethics were addressed A description and justification of the methods used A presentation of the findings based on analysis of the data A critical discussion of the outcomes of the research, including identification of future lines of enquiry related to the topic area, reflexivity, an appraisal of the strengths and limitations of the enquiry carried out and reflections on learning and professional practice The above-assessed requirements must be completed in the order shown above, in order to ensure you draw on key literature to inform research aims and questions, before planning and negotiating their project in more detail. Where indicated by your tutor, you may submit multimedia resources that you have produced within your applied practice as part of your final portfolio of evidence.
How to apply
This course is available online and can, therefore, be completed anywhere in the world. Please visit this page on our website - https://realtraining.co.uk/information-for-international-students - for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.
Have an undergraduate degree Have completed 120 masters level credits Be working in or have access to an educational setting with children, young people or adults
Fees and funding
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Additional fee information
We do not qualify for any sponsorships or funding but we do offer the option to pay for our modules in instalments of either 1, 3 or 10. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this further.