Research Methods (20 credits)
You’ll develop your knowledge of research approaches, methods and techniques for the study of children and childhood, education and language. You’ll explore the interdisciplinary nature of work in and across these areas. After taking this module, you’ll be well prepared for the methodological aspects of your dissertation.
Leading and Managing People in Education (20 credits)
You’ll examine a range of themes and concerns in the leadership and management of staff in education. You’ll cover theoretical perspectives and practical concerns about staff leadership, management and development.
We’ll look at such topics as:
- leadership and management in education
- leading teams
- inspiring motivation and improving morale
- staff development and performance management
- social justice and managing diversity
- managing conflict.
Leading Change in Education (20 credits)
You’ll bring your own experience to this module, which examines the leadership of change in education. You’ll engage with theoretical perspectives and practical concerns about organisational transformation in education. You’ll encounter topics like:
- leading and managing change
- effectiveness, improvement and accountability
- organisational culture and structures in education
- the influence of policy developments in transforming education
- dealing with resistance: managing people in times of change
- strategic planning and management of change.
Mentoring in Education (20 credits)
You’ll explore mentoring roles in education. This includes initial teacher education as well as professional development in schools and FE and HE settings. You’ll look at models of mentoring in a professional context, and draw on work in related areas such as nursing. You’ll examine the experiences of both the mentee and mentor and how the relationship affects both parties. You’ll have the chance to share experiences with your peers, and to deepen your knowledge by focusing on the research evidence in this field.
Developing MA Literacies (20 credits)
You’ll develop the skills you need to be successful in your MA, in two key areas:
- the skills you need to operate confidently within your academic community as a researcher-practitioner
- academic writing and critical reading skills for MA-level study.
Engaging with the academic community
The module will help you:
- engage with the underlying beliefs and approaches to knowledge in your field of study/practice
- become familiar with relevant journals, research articles and professional networks
- make links between current research debates in your research/practice community, and your own knowledge and experience.
Engaging with MA-level study
The module will help you:
- develop critical thinking and reflection in your academic reading and writing
- understand the strategies and conventions of writing in different academic genres – such as reports, research papers, book reviews and reflective logs.
Diversity and Achievement (20 credits)
How are children’s and young people’s achievements affected by factors like class, gender, disability and ethnicity? In this module, you’ll analyse the factors that predict educational success and failure for children and young people. You’ll then explore the implications for school policy and practice.
You’ll look at data from case study material, which may draw on your own working context, or your peers’. Using these data, you’ll consider issues at the level of the individual child, the family, the school and the neighbourhood. You’ll go on to compare the analysis at the level of an individual in a particular place to educational outcomes from national and international data sources.
The Inclusive Curriculum (20 credits)
You’ll explore key aspects of curriculum design and delivery, in relation to access, equality of learning opportunity and inclusion. You’ll look at how cultural values influence curriculum content and organisation, and explore theories of decolonising the curriculum. The module content is relevant whether you’re a primary, secondary, FE or HE practitioner.
Mind and Brain (20 credits)
You’ll explore fascinating developments in educational neuroscience, beginning with developmental changes that occur throughout our lifespan. We’ll discuss pre- and post-natal development, followed by the changes that occur in childhood, adolescence and beyond.
You’ll explore current insights from cognitive neuroscience that have implications for education, in areas like creativity, and gaming and ICT in learning. You’ll also think about the relationships between mind, brain, self and body using philosophical perspectives. And you’ll investigate case studies, opening up discussion and debate about this complex and controversial field.
Investigating Professional Practice (40 credits)
You’ll undertake an action research project of your choice, with the ultimate aim of improving your own practice. First, you’ll learn about a range of action research approaches and methods. You’ll be supported throughout the project, from establishing a viable focus to planning, designing and carrying out your action research, and writing up your report. You’ll strengthen your research skills, and also make a contribution in your practice area – as we intend your research results to feed into a wider network of good practice.
Independent Study: Investigating Practice (20 credits)
This is a chance to carry out an independent study/practice investigation. You’ll choose your own topic, with approval from your module leader / subject co-ordinator. The topic will be relevant to your own practice, but areas of investigation might include (for example):
- developing pedagogical approaches or curriculum materials
- evaluating learners’ achievement levels
- reviewing the evidence base for changes to educational practice
- appraising learning environments and learning opportunities.
It’s also possible to carry out retrospective evaluation of a project, provided the project took place within the last five years. This might be on:
- the impact of a professional development programme or initiative
- the experience of designing and delivering a new scheme of work
- the process of implementing an educational change or project.
Policy and purposes of Higher Education (20 credits)
Higher education (HE) is one of the great institutions of society. As well as providing places of learning and teaching, higher education is the subject of much political debate. Why is this? We examine contemporary policy frameworks and their influences on HE.
This module is intended for:
- People working in senior administration and learning, teaching and research or support roles in HE – such as subject librarians, learning technologists, student support coordinators, quality assurance officers, admissions tutors, business development officers, academic and institution managers.
- People entering HE from business and the professions.
- People interested in the wider context of higher education in society, the impact that HE has on society and that society has on HE.
Through this module you can develop your knowledge and confidence in all areas of your HE activity, helping you to make informed decisions in the workplace.