Postgraduate Module Descriptor
EFPM312: Action Research
This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.
The module introduces you to the principles of action research alongside current thinking in the teaching and learning within your own field of interest. The module can be studied either online only or face-to-face supported with online elements. Key elements of the module include:
- Online lectures to explore Action Research methodology, research design, data collection and analysis, and communication of research.
- Face-to-face (on two taught days) or online workshops with a lead tutor and cohort of students to explore and discuss the lecture material in depth, facilitated with resources developed by the lead tutor.
- Face-to-face (on two taught days) or online seminars with a seminar tutor and smaller group of students to explore key principles of action research in relation to the specific contexts and substantive topics of interest to the students in the seminar group.
- Online peer group support facilitated through directed tasks related to your developing action research.
- Online tasks for self-directed study and assessment related to your personal learning plan following an initial needs analysis.
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||4||Online preparatory lectures watched through ELE|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||12||Face-to-face or online workshops and seminars facilitated by lead/seminar tutors|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||3||Individual supervision by academic tutor, with face to face or distance options.|
|Guided independent study||12||Independent Study using online directed tasks to study key aspects of action research methodology with self-test quizzes.|
|Guided independent study||3||Completion of a research skills audit which will be used by tutors to advise on use of online study support modules|
|Guided independent study||8||Preparatory reading to prepare for workshops and seminars (approx. 8 articles)|
|Guided independent study||40||Preparation of notes on Action Research design for formative assessment. Task includes reading about methods and the substantive research topic, discussion of project with relevant school staff and possible pilot work as well as drafting notes.|
|Guided independent study||60||Data collection and analysis for first Action Research cycle|
|Guided independent study||10||Preparation of a poster about first Action Research cycle for peer and tutor feedback|
|Guided independent study||148||Completion of Action Research project for summative assessment. Task includes data collection and analysis of second phase of Action Research, further reading in relation to focus of the project, synthesis of material and drafting/redrafting the final piece of work.|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).
p/t MEd pages on ELE (http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/)
Smith, M.K.(2007) ‘Action Research’, the Encyclopedia of Informal Education, www.infed.org/research/b-actres.htm