Advanced Research and Enquiry Skills
This module equips students with the advanced research knowledge and enquiry skills required to complete a Master¿s degree by providing them with the research, enquiry and analytical skills that are necessary to undertake a piece of independent research within their own context. The module will ensure that students develop the skills of literature survey, research design, data analyses and data representation that will support their personal research and enquiry work. The module will also provide students with an extensive understanding of international research on various topics as well as research philosophies, methods, forms of analyses and presentation styles.
Family and Community Engagement in the early years
Making links to foundational understandings regarding children¿s social worlds, this module reaches further into children¿s social worlds with a specific focus on their position in a family and community context. Consideration of the diverse needs of families and the value of community engagement for the holistic care of the child are introduced, along with the impact of socio-economic situations on children¿s health and well-being. The complexities of family situations and the importance of securing authentic relationships with family members for children¿s holistic health are presented, with a particular emphasis on a Welsh context which considers Welsh language.
Contemporary Issues in Educational Research
This module will be the first undertaken by all students in the Professional Doctorate in Education. The module provides a theoretical and practical basis for rest of the programme. The module will interrogate and problematise key issues in educational research including the nature of educational research, methods and methodologies, data collection and analysis, the process of literature reviews and writing for academic audiences.
Education for Equity
This module will introduce students to some of the current educational debates around issues of equity, and support students to approach these debates through critical analysis of a wide range of data. Issues to be covered will include the decolonisation of the curriculum, issues pertaining to equity of access to educational opportunities and outcomes, issues of equity and equality in educational research (both in relation to topics researched and in the conduct of research), issues of race, gender, social class and marginalisation in learning. Crucially, the module will encourage students to take a critical perspective on key concepts relevant to both the education policy and practice landscape in Wales and the UK more widely, including the concepts of equality of opportunity, equity and meritocracy.
This module will be an independent study, on a subject of the student¿s choosing. The student, working closely with a member of teaching staff, will research a particular area and produce a comprehensive report on that subject. This may take the form of an overview of a current issue in education and an action plan to address this issue, or may be a small scale research project. Subjects must be discussed with and approved by the Programme Director.
Family and community engagement in the early years
Making links to foundational understandings regarding children¿s social worlds, this module reaches further into children¿s social worlds with a specific focus on their position in a family and community context. Consideration of the diverse needs of families and the value of community engagement for the holistic care of the child are introduced, along with the impact of socio-economic situations on children¿s health and well-being. The complexities of family situations and the importance of securing authentic relationships with family members for children¿s holistic health are presented.
Leadership and Management
Students will advance their knowledge about leadership and management in early years settings and integrated childcare provision. This module will support students to explore the range of research perspectives in the field, with a focus on policy reviews, procedures, and practices to support children¿s interests and needs. The module will outline fundamental issues including leadership for inclusivity / diversity and leadership for social justice, together with global perspectives on leadership and management in early years¿ contexts.
This dissertation module will enable students to pursue an empirical study on a topic of their choice relating to education across contexts according to their academic interest or future career aspirations. It will require students to formulate an appropriate research question and to design and execute a research project that will address their chosen question in a coherent and systematic manner. Students will have the flexibility to pursue a research topic related to education that might be relevant to their career aspirations across the full range of contexts where knowledge and expertise in education is applicable.
Leading and Managing Change in Education
This module is designed for those working with or within schools who are new to, or aspire to, a leadership role. This module will allow students to critically analyse the latest education research relating to leadership and management and will support students in conducting their own research focused on an identified area of leadership and management.
Students will gain a detailed understanding of the key concepts in educational leadership and will be able to apply this knowledge to issues of change or challenge within their own context. Students will receive guidance to help them identify their own leadership strengths and to identify their future professional needs.
The module will provide knowledge and understanding of how to lead change at the classroom, school and system level.
Supervised research dissertation on a topic chosen by students after consultation with academic staff.
This module will provide an overview of research methodology in preparation for the research aspects and requirements of the Masters programme. It will cover the main aspects of social science research and will guide participants through research design, data collection, data analysis and data representation. The course will offer a guide to the main steps involved in planning and designing a research project and will offer advice on how to practically manage this process. It also will include consideration of how to select and refine research questions, how to conduct a literature review and the ethical considerations that may arise within a social science setting.
Study Group: Education (Year 1)
2 hour weekly Study Group for Education students (Year 1)
Study Group: Education (Year 2)
2 hour weekly Study Group for Education students (Year 2)
Introduction to Being Human
This module will focus on introducing what it is to be human from a broad humanities and social science perspective. It will offer the opportunity to engage with key ideas, theory and literature within these disciplines. It will therefore prepare students for further academic work in the humanities and social sciences and initiate the development of critical thinking and creative abilities.