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Postgraduate Module Descriptor


EFPM312: Action Research

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

The main aim of this module is to enable you, as practicing professionals, to consolidate and build on your existing knowledge and skills as educators, and develop specific research skills to enable you to explore your own practice through action research. More specifically, the module aims are:

  • to develop your understanding of the principles of action research;
  • to understand how theoretical perspectives on learning processes relate to pedagogical choices and decisions, and to wider classroom practices;
  • to develop your understanding of research methods which can be used in action research settings to investigate teaching and learning; and
  • to investigate and reflect upon professional knowledge and practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. use a systematic understanding of how to investigate teaching and learning in professional contexts through action research;
2. critique and reflect upon professional practice to improve teaching and learning;
3. demonstrate a critically analytical approach to using research literature to develop classroom practice through action research;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. critically evaluate the relevance of educational theory to practice;
5. present data and findings in a form appropriate in educational studies;
6. use research data in support of an argument in education;
7. undertake systematic research and analysis of professional practice, and to use the outcomes to effect change both individually and collaboratively;
Personal and Key Skills8. manage your own learning development;
9. study independently and collaboratively; and
10. think creatively about the main features of a given problem and develop strategies for its resolution.