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Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Developing a Research Perspective
Module Code ES323
School School of Education Studies

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Justin RamiOffice NumberCA114
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to introduce participants to research perspectives in the humanities and social science context, with a special focus on educational research. Through lectures, group work and independent study the students will develop a perspective on the nature and scope of differing research traditions and philosophies. This context and theory will enable them to begin to apply some of this knowledge in work based and case study situations The range of theories that are introduced are expected to be expanded upon by the students during independent learning periods. Furthermore the students will also conduct presentations within a group context in front of their peers towards the end of this module. Assessment will be through a written terminal examination

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop a more informed perspective to bear on the reading and interpretation of research.
2. Analyse important recent research emerging in a particular area of education and training provision and in the wider area of the social sciences.
3. Describe the relationship between research and policy in practice in a professional context.
4. List and describe a range of research approaches particularly practitioner/constructivist approaches.
5. Describe a range of research designs.
6. Identify a range of research methodologies and instruments.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24Various Lecture inputs from core staff and guest experts
Group work40Reseacrhing prescried research themes for in-class presentation
Independent Study20Using journal databases and library materials to develop research skills
Directed learning26preparing for and conducting written exam
Independent Study15No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Theme 1. What is research?

Theme 2 What are paradigms?

Theme 3. Developing a research perspective

Theme 4. The Philosophy and History of Research

Theme 5. Qualitative and Quantitative Research

Theme 6. Action Research

Theme 7.Literature Review

Theme 8 Reseach Methods,Research Tools and Instruments.

Theme 9: Data Gathering & Analysis

Theme 10: Ethics in Research

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • ': 0, Bell, J 1999, Essential: Bell, J. (1999) Doing your Research Project. 3rd Edition O.U. PressSilverman, D (ed) (1997) Qualitative Research: Theory, Methods and Practice. London: SageMayut, P. and Moorehouse,R. (1994) Beginning Qualitative Research: A Philo,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BETBSc in Education & Training