In the first 2 years students are required to attend the university for taught modules. There are 4 modules in total comprising 7 units, each of which is taught in 1-2 day blocks. Around this formal teaching there are regular opportunities for face-to-face and e-mail support. In years 3 and 4 (and beyond where necessary) students work under the guidance and support of a nominated supervisor to produce a 60000-word thesis. The course has been specifically designed for women and men professionals, practitioners, policy-makers, leaders and managers, academics and teachers, at all levels of education, from early childhood through further and higher education, to lifelong learning. Specifically the course aims to: promote an understanding of research evidence and methodologies relevant to professional practitioners; develop a critical awareness of the policy context in which professional practice takes place; enable participants to undertake a research study of relevance to their professional activities.
Introduction to theories and methods as an educational researcher; critical and feminist theories and perspectives; research methods and evaluation: ethics and ethnographies; a pilot study; thesis proposal; research thesis.
The course is assessed by 4 formative assignments, 1 summative assignment and a research thesis.
Good relevant degree required.