Masters in Pedagogy and Practice: Structure
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Module A (approx 13 weeks) Support Module B (approx 13 weeks)
Focus: Plan and Pilot your project / enquiry

 

Tutorials (virtual or f-f will take place on Thursday evenings at the university or in schools if sufficient numbers).

Personal Tutor

iTunesU

Course Web Site

Chat Rooms/Forums

Twitter Feed

Student Blogs
Course Blog

 

Focus: Carry out and evaluate your project / enquiry
What are the questions for this module? What are the questions for this module?
A little more about this module A little more about this module
A1 (online) B1 (online)

An introduction/reminder to M level writing - key factors and aspects of writing at this level with exemplification.

Assessment - Blog entry (500 words) as sample and critique by tutor and peers.

Analyzing our data and our pilot

Assessment - Blog entry (500 words) as sample and critique by tutor and peers.

A2 (study weekend) B2 (study weekend)

What is research?
Introduction to research methods
Critical reading of research
Axioms, Paradigm, Methods and Methodologies
Finding sources and research materials

Assessment - Reflective blog entries from the weekend

Lessons learned from the pilot
Analysis tools: coding and pattern seeking
Scaling up: Refining the RQ and the research methods

Assessment - Reflective blog entries from the weekend

A3 (online) B3 (online)

Finding critical literature and
Writing a literature review.
Thinking about models

Assessment - Blog entry with literature list for chosen area of study.

Gathering the data
Keeping on track

Assessment - Blog entries reflection on intial data collection.

A4 (online) B4 (online)

Study design - developing our study for the empirical research
Looking at action and practitioner research methodologies.
Developing our research question.

Assessment - Draft RQ and outline of study

Reflecting on the models
Starting to analyze our data

Assessment - Blog entries reflection on intial data analysis and findings.

A5 (study weekend) B5 (study weekend)

Refining our RQ
Developing our study and its pilot
Qualitative data gathering instruments: Observation, Questionnaires and Interviews
Ethical considerations

Assessment - Blog on instruments / pilot

Data Analysis
Findings - linked our models
Evaluating our project
Thinking about the dissertation

Assessment - Blog on analysis

A6 (writing up) B6 (writing up)

Carrying out the pilot
Writing up the assignment

Assessment - Written literature review and study design assignment

Carrying out the pilot
Writing up the assignment

Assessment - Evaluation of our project (mode of assessment to be negotiated between student and tutor)

Dissertation Module (approx 26 weeks)
C1 (study weekend)

Preparing for the dissertation
Developing the RQ
Elements of the thesis (Literature / Methodology / Data Analysis and Findings / Conclusion)
Ethics and Practicalities
The supervisory process - meeting your supervisor

Assessment - The 12,000 to 15,000 word thesis

C2 (first tutorial)

This will focus on the literature review and the practicalities of the research process (e.g. ethics, methods, instruments etc...)

C3 (second tutorial)

This will focus on the methodology and the data collection

C4 (third tutorial)

This will focus on data analysis and the findings linked to the methodology and the literature

C5 (fourth tutorial)

This will be post the "first cold read" of the dissertation draft

C6 (submission)

This will be the submission of the finished dissertation

Note: If needed further tutorial can be arranged. All tutorials can either be face-to-face at the university or at the school (as discussed between tutor and supervisor) or can be virtual.