Research Methods in Education and Social Science Settings

Module One

Tutor: Dr Kyungmee Lee

The primary purpose of this module is to provide you with an understanding of research methods and methodologies used within the field of technology enhanced learning (TEL). You will have the opportunity to learn about a range of methodological approaches, data collection and analysis strategies that can be used to design and evaluate enquiries into professional practice. These include ethnography; case study; action research; evaluative approaches, grounded theory; interviews and observation; questionnaire design; descriptive statistics, and analysis of qualitative data. We will introduce you to a range of resources (some traditional, some in digital forms) that you can draw on in your own research, and you will critically evaluate methodologies, methods and resources, and their application in educational settings.

The first few weeks are aimed at helping you and the programme tutors get to know each other, and share perspectives on being an online learning community. You will participate in a series of activities designed to orientate you to the programme and to help us all (participants and tutors alike) get to know each other and start developing a sense of community.

Year One, January - June - 40 credits

Residential 

The four day residential meeting in Part One is compulsory. It is designed to allow us to get to know each other and discuss research methodologies and methods, and for us to introduce you to the various modules, the virtual learning platform and associated technologies.

Year One, March or April