The Educational Research and Innovation course offers teachers, school leaders and other educators ways to investigate existing research evidence. This course puts educators in the driving seat, encouraging them to their develop their own evidence-based understanding.
You will develop understanding of a range of research approaches and methodologies. This will enable you to make informed judgements about the research of others and to initiate research within your own professional context.
The course is suitable for teachers and other educators - whether you are in the early stages of your career or taking significant responsibilities for educational excellence and actively supporting other professionals.
Your background may be from across educational phases (early years to HE) or between educational sectors (schools, museums, colleges and university and educational consultancies). This diversity helps to create a dynamic and supportive learning environment in which you learn considerably from each other as well as from the course leaders.
The course draws on expertise from the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching, based in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. Course tutors are active researchers and all teach and supervise across a range of courses. This provides them with a wide knowledge base relating to the challenges of research in educational contexts. The course is led by Pamela Woolner.
The course is made up of two modules, taught on four days between October and March. Support sessions (which can be replaced by email) run on three evenings. Teaching is fairly intense, and the learning from the modules extends into practical and reflective engagement with the workplace.
Modules are taught in a number of ways to allow flexibility for part time students. Some are taught on Saturdays, and some are scheduled for afternoons and evenings.
Modules can be combined with other master's level credits (including the PGCE), to complete a full master's with a dissertation.
You are expected to work or volunteer in a professional educational setting. This provides the context for much of your practitioner enquiry.
You should also be able to engage in research-led professional development of your educational practices and pedagogy.
The modules are taught in the King George VI Building. You have access to the Education Resource Centre and associated borrowing rights.