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PGCert Action Research

Course Description

Course Outline

Action Research offers an approach to changing practice as part of a cycle of change. In addition to enacting the Action Research approach you will draw on published work to inform your understanding of the problem and possible solutions.

During the course you will:

-Consider the basis for change in educational settings.
-Develop an understanding of the wider research context of action research.
-Clarify your professional challenge and developing research questions.
-Identify actions that you or your colleagues can make to address the challenge.
-Learn how to collect evidence, which will help you evaluate the actions.
-Learn how to disseminate your findings and review next steps.

Studying by supported distance learning allows you to choose when and where you study, meaning you do not have to take a career break.

We pride ourselves on the level of support we provide our distance learning students. Our award-winning library has world-class facilities for distance learning students. You will have full access to our other support services and will be assigned a personal tutor. Our virtual learning environment, Blackboard, offers a wide range of study support material, and you will have the opportunity to join an interactive web-based community of fellow students around the world.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Course Structure

Developing Foundations for Action Research:

The first part of the course focuses on developing a critical understanding of Action Research as an approach to educational research. Firstly, the nature and variety of research traditions and the need for ethical activity are considered. The spectrum of approaches to Action Research is then discussed before setting the foundations for creating an Action Research project, initially by developing an understanding of the importance of context and research questions and reconnaissance work.

Action Research Project:

The second part of the course focuses on completing an Action Research project, based on ideas developed in Part 1. It also introduces consideration of different research methods and data analysis to support the development of a coherent research report.

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

Visit the PGCert Action Research page on the University of Leicester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:2 degree or equivalent or an acceptable professional qualification. You must also meet the university's English language requirements (IETLS 6.5 or equivalent).

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