This course considers educational enquiry, exploring its contribution to both professional practice and policy-making. It introduces you to a range of assumptions and beliefs about knowledge and learning underpinning educational research, and gives an understanding of how you need to approach not only the reading of research articles but also the design of small-scale investigations that you may attempt in the future. As masters-level study in education encourages you to gain a greater understanding of your professional practice by considering research in the field, you will benefit from taking this course as the first module in your postgraduate studies.
|About this course:|
|Course work includes:|
|4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)|
|No residential school|
No current presentation - see Future availability
|This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2018.|
This course, a module of the Masters in Education, is concerned with educational research, its theoretical assumptions and its contribution to educational practice and policymaking.
The aims of the course are to:
The Study Guide begins by examining what we mean by ‘educational enquiry’ and distinguishing between ‘academic’ and ‘practitioner-based’ research, discussing the different purposes and possibilities of each. It looks at the centrality of the research question and the purpose of the research centred around this. The second part develops an understanding of the way that any piece of research is shaped by the researcher’s world view and the way that he or she understands knowledge and learning. The importance of understanding methodology before any engagement with research methods is stressed. The course discusses ways of producing data and some research methods are presented as examples: the coverage is not comprehensive on the assumption that you will gradually acquire a repertoire of research techniques relevant to particular areas of study as you progress through your postgraduate studies. The course then considers the way that data can be interpreted and the relative status that can be given to various findings. The final part considers the way in which ‘critical reading’ of research reports assumes understanding of all the issues presented in the previous parts.
Throughout the course you are required to relate the material to your own context and to engage with research reports covering a range of substantive areas. The theoretical elements of the course can be applied to any substantive area within the broad area of education; no particular specialism is assumed. You are neither required nor have the opportunity to undertake any research of your own although one assignment requires you to pilot one research instrument within your own context in order to reflect on your own understanding and learning.
With the exception of one printed reader, the course is entirely online and provides an online study guide and access to a wide range of readings located in the OU library which are essential reading and exemplify some of the concepts introduced in the study guide. There is no day school or other face-to-face contact.
This course will provide an introduction to masters-level work, building on prior experience, reflection, and study. However you should be prepared for working at masters level from the start of the course.
If you are doing E891 as part of the Masters degree in Education (F01) or Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education (D52), you should be aware that for other modules in the qualification it is highly desirable or essential that you work with learners or have access to groups of learners although this need not be in a formal setting.
This course can be studied on its own or as a module of the Masters degree in Education.
You must hold a bachelors degree from a UK university or other recognised degree-awarding body, or a qualification at equivalent level.
If you have any doubt about the suitability of the course, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.
The course is taught in English, and your spoken and written English must be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. A minimum score of 7 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is recommended for students for whom English is not a first language. Please see their website for details.
E891 is a compulsory module in our:
E891 is an optional module in our:
If you leave the programme before gaining the 180 credits required for a masters degree, this module will qualify you for a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education, or with another 60 credits of specified modules from the programme for a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education.
Some postgraduate qualifications allow study to be chosen from other subject areas. We advise you to refer to the relevant qualification descriptions for information on the circumstances in which this module can count towards these qualifications because from time to time the structure and requirements may change.
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.
In this course you are expected to use a wide range of resources. The materials will be delivered as web pages, pdf files and web-based tools. Tutorial and student-led discussions and activities will be carried out in text-based discussion forums online. To complement this interaction, some discussions and collaborative activities will take place as live events in our audio-conferencing environment, which combines voice, text and images. Recordings of these events can be accessed after the event by all students.
We have tried to avoid using inaccessible resources, but some material, that is core for the course may not be easily accessible if you use assistive technology. Some students may find the amount of reading from technically different sources challenging. In many cases there will be sufficient alternative activities and materials to enable you to complete assignments successfully. Where this is not the case, you will be given individual support by your tutor in collaboration with other University staff. Support for access to Library resources is available from the Library Helpdesk.
You will need to spend considerable amount of time using a personal computer and the internet. Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader. Alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.
If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:
Study material and activities are provided online only by means of a dedicated website which also provides access to a range of electronic tools, including real time conferencing and online forums. In addition to the online-delivered teaching text, there is a printed Reader which is an integral part of the materials. You will be expected to search for other materials relevant to your assignments, and the course will provide you with help and guidance for your literature searching.
You will also be provided with access to Masters degree in Education qualification website, where additional guidance materials will be found.
You will need a computer with internet access to study this course as it includes online activities, which you can access using a web browser.
You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.
You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and who will mark and comment on your written work. You can also ask your tutor for advice and guidance. You may have contact with your tutor and fellow students through computer forums. Tutor support will be provided through group activities in both online forums and real time online tutorials.
Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.
The assessment details can be found in the facts box above.
You will be required to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system.
The end-of-module assessment (EMA) is a small-scale project (approximately 5000 words) which will require you to demonstrate your understanding of key research positions drawing upon the breadth of your learning in E891.
The details given here are for the course that starts in October 2014. We expect it to be available once a year.
We regret that we are currently unable to accept registrations for this course. Where the course is to be presented again in the future, relevant registration information will be displayed on this page as soon as it becomes available.
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|Course work includes:|
|4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)|
|No residential school|
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