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.
Course Structure 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. In the first year of part-time study you will study two modules:
This will normally be the first module as it introduces students to studying at Master’s level. It aims to build students’ capacity for sustained criticality through the review of contemporary, published, academic writing and the acquisition of critical writing skills
Methods of Enquiry
This module is valuable study for all students and those whose target award is the Master’s degree will apply the learning from this module to the dissertation study. The Methods of Enquiry module enables students to engage critically with research evidence and to develop in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of a range of approaches and methods through which education is investigated. Students will develop critical understandings of the relationship(s) between research, policy and practice through reflecting on, and engaging with, examples of educational research, including research which is led by members of the MA Education programme team.
Global Perspectives on Education
This module comprises the global element of the distinctive ‘Global, National, Local’ structure within the MA Education. Students develop, deepen and/or broaden their knowledge and gain a critical understanding of global change on educational processes and systems. If you chose this module you could agree to focus your assignment on an interest such as curriculum developments in another country. For example, this could be linked to a school twinning project.
Critical Contemporary Issues in Education in a National Context
This module comprises the national element of the distinctive ‘Global, National, Local’ structure within the MA Education. Students develop, deepen and/or broaden their knowledge and gain a critical understanding of contemporary issues in education at a national level. If you chose this module you could agree with the tutor to focus your assignment on an interest such as government policies and approaches to ’closing the gap’ in achievement for children from disadvantaged backgrounds with a particular examination of the ‘Pupil Premium’ for example.
Local Independent Study/Project or Local Independent Study/Project
This module provides an opportunity for students to broaden and/or deepen their knowledge and understanding of a subject relevant to their own development. The module comprises the local element designed to support the exploration of issues of significance that are smaller in scale than those explored through either the global or national focus. If you chose this module you could agree with the tutor to focus on the exploration of an issue relevant to you. This may be something you are developing in your setting such as engaging students as lesson consultants.
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.
You require an honours degree in an appropriate discipline, satisfactory interview, references and evidence of qualifications. You may qualify for entry based on other equivalent relevant qualifications or experience. International applicants whose first language isn't English will be required to demonstrate they possess sufficient competence in written/spoken English to succeed. If you have a PGCE gained within the last five years we recognise up to 60 relevant M level credits for this to provide exemption from 2 modules normally studied in the second year of part-time study, you would complete and pass the first-year modules and proceed to dissertation study.
Recipient: York St John University
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