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Master of Education (Science Teacher Researchers and Practitioners)


Course Description

Open only to PGCE graduates of Cambridge University as the second year of their MEd route.

The Science focussed MEd is a blended learning route consisting of both online and 'face to face' components. Faculty based 'face to face' teaching takes place during Saturday conferences and in one to one tutorials by individual arrangement. We use both synchronous and asynchronous online teaching sessions and have a dedicated CAMtools site which acts as a repository for teaching materials and also use a range of Web 2.0 tools for online teaching sessions.

Our aim is to engage in scholarly activity in the pursuit of high standards in the provision of the service of science teaching through ensuring that our practice is rooted in and continually informed by a scholarly base.

See the website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/ededmesrp

Course detail

The objectives of the route are to:

- understand and be able to discuss ,with confidence, the debates surrounding the education of young people and science education in particular;
- become familiar with an appropriate range of intellectual and methodological traditions within educational research;
- become skilled and critical readers of educational research;
- develop in depth knowledge of a substantive area of education and educational research;
- develop the capacity to frame research questions and devise appropriate research designs;
- develop confidence and competence in using a range of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to gathering, analysing and interpreting evidence;
- develop skills in presenting research-based evidence and argument;
- gain practical experience of educational research through conducting a school based investigation.
- create new knowledge about authentic school based contexts

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

- a comprehensive understanding of research techniques, and a thorough knowledge of the literature applicable to their specific educational domain;
- demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field;
- shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies;
- demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research.

Format

The Science focussed MEd is a blended learning route consisting of both online and 'face to face' components. Faculty based 'face to face' teaching takes place during Saturday conferences and in one to one tutorials by individual arrangement. We use both synchronous and asynchronous online teaching sessions and have a dedicated CAMtools site which acts as a repository for teaching materials and also use a range of Web 2.0 tools for online teaching sessions.

Written feedback is provided on the thesis by two independent assessors. Informally, feedback will also be provided through regular supervisions. Supervisors are required to provide a report on student progress which can be viewed by the student through CGSRS.

Assessment

Thesis: Up to 20,000 words

Continuing

Students wishing to continue from the Master of Education to PhD or Ed D are required to achieve:

1) an average of 70 across both sections with the thesis counting as double-weighted (eg: (Essay 1 + Essay 2 + thesis + thesis) divided by 4 = 70 or above.
Or
2) a straight mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.

How to apply: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying

Funding Opportunities

There are no specific funding opportunities advertised for this course. For information on more general funding opportunities, please follow the link below.

General Funding Opportunities http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

Visit the Master of Education (Science Teacher Researchers and Practitioners) page on the University of Cambridge website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Please note this one year part time course is only available to those who have completed a PGCE or PACES at the Faculty of Education, Cambridge. Please view the PGCE to MEd pages on the Faculty of Education website for further information View Website .

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