The module aims to develop a critical understanding of the theories, principles and concepts that underpin assessment and learning. Students will examine examples of assessment drawn from their own educational experience and identify strategies for enhancing learning and teaching.
An introduction to the fundamental importance of critical reflection and reflexivity in professional learning in education covering issues such as professional development in a changing world, identity, positionality and ethics. The module will form part of the research strand of the award leading into the research and development module and then into the professional enquiry.
This module aims firstly to engage participants in a critical discussion about how new educational knowledge is created. Secondly, it aims to support the process of educational research via the development of a research proposal for the professional enquiry, the final module of the MA Education award.
Independent Study allows participants to develop their own learning skills in an area of particular interest to them. Participants will develop in depth and systematic knowledge of key and recent educational research pertinent to their study. They will be able to negotiate outcomes and assessment components within module guidelines. Through support, participants will use critical reflection to explore complex relationships that exist between theory and practice.
In this module you will explore the digital identities and habits of learners and teachers within educational settings working collaboratively and individually to achieve this. You will examine existing theoretical perspectives in digitally mediated education and consider how emergent pedagogical frameworks might be utilised to engage with learners digital habits. You will specifically examine the changing role of the learner and teacher/facilitator within this emerging paradigm. In your groups you will identify a problem and propose an intervention that takes into account the habitual use of digital tools by learners and show how it can be used for effective learning. You will critically evaluate the process and product of your collaboration and your own individual contribution as a member of your group. An example might be: For example, you might look at the ways in which blogging is used in social spaces and critically appraise its functionality for learning purposes. Is their any research into the habits of bloggers, what is the demographic etc., Is it likely to translate to a school space? Does it fit any particular theories of learning? Further you could supplement this by looking at its use in education. Any aspect of digital engagement might be chosen: mobility, gaming, social software, you tube etc.
In this module you will have an opportunity to critique current theory and practice around equality and diversity in education and wider society. It will provide you with opportunities for critical examination of contemporary and established theories around inequality, social justice and policy responses to diversity. Its aim is to equip students with a broad understanding of issues of equality, diversity and social justice in an educational settings including ways in which to meet the needs of diverse students within these settings.
The Professional Enquiry module engages participants in a systematic and critical enquiry into an area of education related closely to their own professional context and of personal interest. In this context, education is understood to encompass life-long learning and training as well as pedagogic and educative processes taking place within and outside of educational institutions. Participants are expected to engage critically with relevant literature and emphasise contestability in various viewpoints and positions. This small-scale research will include the collection and analysis of primary data. Participants will relate theory to practice and make recommendations based on their findings. Please note: participants enrolled to a named award route must ensure their enquiry is clearly relevant to that route.
This module enables students to deepen their knowledge and understanding of educational research. They will critically engage with academic writing, consider their own 'position' in relation to research methodology, develop a research focus and questions and begin to understand the terminology and language around research.
This module supports critical, reflective practice through the development of a range of independent and collaborative activities in a variety of contexts. The module provides a liminal space for participants from induction through to the programme completion of the professional doctorate programme. A digital portfolio facilitates critical reflection on all learning activities related to the Professional Doctorate, making use of the affordances of digital technologies for virtual, social and participatory work. This process is supported by academic advisers that collaborate to identify themes of interest that support the doctoral study.
The module prepares participants for undertaking a rigorous educational enquiry in their chosen field of interest. The focus will be on the selection and implementation of educational research methods and the critical, reflective evaluation of these practices for research and educational practice. Participants will undertake a substantial review of literature related to their overall research questions and plan, undertake and evaluate the piloting of research methods and tools. This module has a session dedicated to quantitative data collection methods.
The module builds on a clear rationale developed through the preceeding modules to form the basis of an independent supervised research thesis. The purpose is to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and application in relation to the literature in the focus area of interest. The research design and the professional application of the conceptual framework presented in the literature review informs judgements about complex issues. The module will support the rigour of the study process to enable the student to produce work of publishable quality that makes an original contribution to knowledge in the field. The module enables the preparation of the student for all elements of doctoral examination including the viva voce.