York St John’s MA Education: Early Childhood programme is an exciting opportunity to join with other students in discussion and collaborative learning while being taught by a team which is highly skilled in supporting your needs as a postgraduate student.
Our MA Education: Research-engaged Setting programme offers you the opportunity to learn about and develop your knowledge of current issues from a wide range of perspectives on education and to focus your study towards your particular interest in the Research-engaged Setting.
The Year One modules introduce you to the skills you need for Master’s level study and you will develop in-depth knowledge of a range of approaches and methods through which education is investigated. In Year Two there is a choice to adopt a local, national or global perspective. You might choose to study global changes and effects on education or contemporary educational issues and changes at national level, or you might have a specific ‘local’ issue you want to study. This ‘local’ issue might be something relevant to work in your setting, or it might be a special interest you have developed through study on one of the other modules that you choose to examine in more depth.
In Year Two you might choose the option to focus your study on an issue or development in your setting by selecting a 60 credit local study module to allow a more in-depth sustained study. In Year Three you will study the Dissertation/Major Project and the focus for this will be on the Research-engaged Setting. You will have a specific tutor who will supervise this work.
We have designed the MA programmes to support you to engage proactively in education from a theoretical or practical approach, or a combination of the two.
The course engages you with current issues and debates in education, enabling you to gain critical awareness and understanding and to develop new insights. You will engage in research and advanced scholarship in the discipline and will develop as a self-directed, independent learner who is able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively.
- Developing Criticality - Methods of Enquiry - Global Perspectives on Education - Critical Contemporary Issues in Education in a National Context - Local Independent Study/Project or Local Independent Study/Project
In the third and final year of part-time study you will study either the Dissertation or Major Project:
Dissertation: Research-engaged Setting
This module is the culmination of the MA Education. It engages students in a substantial piece of research focused on a topic that is relevant to an educational context and manageable within the time and credit constraints of a Master’s dissertation. The focus and nature of the investigation will be agreed with your supervisor for example it could be an investigation into the use of the ‘flipped classroom’ approach to teaching and learning.
Major Project: Research-engaged Setting
This module is the culmination of the MA Education. It engages students in a substantial piece of research investigation and artefact development on a topic relevant to an educational context and manageable within the time and credit constraints of a Master’s dissertation. The focus, nature of the investigation and intended output will be negotiated and agreed with your supervisor. For example the written component could be a write-up of an investigation into developing students as researchers, including with this a poster and PechaKucha slides from a presentation you did to disseminate your research to colleagues and students in your setting.