Developing a Research Perspective

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Developing a Research Perspective

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Education, Research Methodology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    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.

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