Professional/Short course Researching Education
45 credit Masters level module
Page last updated 26 August 2022
There are two options for this module. In July, we offer a one week face-to-face summer school version and, in October, there is an online version lasting 15 weeks. The price, content and assessment of both versions of the module are the same.
Research continues to have a growing influence on the working lives of education professionals.
Recent years have seen a growth in demands from policymakers for compelling evidence to guide policy and practice, both at governmental and individual schools, colleges and universities level.
There is a need for rigorous research practice to generate robust evidence, but there is also a need for professionals with the skills to understand and problematise the research process.
This Researching Education CPD module provides you with the tools to enable you to engage with research, both as a 'user' and as a 'generator'.
Who is it for?
This course is for people who are considering undertaking a substantial research project around education or for those of you who want to understand more about the process of knowledge creation in educational settings.
Careers / Further study
Upon completion of this module, you may wish to apply for one of the following courses:
- MA Education;
- MA Education (Early Years)
- PGDip Education
- PGDip Education (Early Years)
- PGCert Education
- PGCert Education (Early Years).
This Researching Education course addresses a range of philosophical issues that underpin the research process, as well as providing an introduction to the most common approaches and methods. It explores the ethical basis for undertaking research that is respectful and where the risks of harm are mitigated. The culmination will be the production of a research proposal that should you wish could be a viable foundation for a meaningful dissertation.
Learning and Teaching
This CPD module has two options for delivery of study:
- Autumn - twelve lecture-style and seminar-style sessions starting in October of two hours each, as well as opportunities for one-to-one tutorial time.
One session will be given over to assessment of poster presentations.Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading, proposal preparation and completion etc.
- Summer School - five taught days in July delivered through lecture-style and seminar-style sessions, as well as opportunities for one-to-one tutorial time. One session will be given over to assessment of poster presentations.
Independent learning includes hours engaged with essential reading, proposal preparation and completion etc.
Prior to arriving at UWE Bristol for the five taught days, you will also be asked to engage with some flipped learning activities where you will be given some advance materials such as lecture videos to reflect on.
Assessent for this module will contain two components:
- a presentation
- a research proposal of 7,000 words.
The Department of Education and Childhood at UWE Bristol runs a variety of courses in early childhood and education studies, and is one of the largest providers of initial teacher training and continuing professional development in the region. Experienced tutors and leading researchers and practitioners in their fields teach in the department. We have excellent facilities and a range of flexible study areas and online learning tools for our students.