Research Methods (20 credits)
This module will enable you to develop knowledge of a range of research approaches, methods and techniques and to consider ethics in educational research. You will have an opportunity to develop your research skills through preparatory work for the dissertation.
Leading and Managing People in Education (20 credits)
This module brings together a range of themes and concerns in the management of staff in educational organisations. Drawing on national and international examples, it combines theoretical perspectives with practical concerns about staff management and development.
Leading Change in Education (20 credits)
This module builds on the experience of course members as observers of, and participants in, the management of change in the education sector. Drawing on national and international examples, it combines theoretical perspectives with practical concerns about organisational transformation in education.
Mentoring in Education (20 credits)
This module aims to explore the mentoring roles in educational contexts, including initial teacher education, as well as professional development in schools and further and higher education settings. It will look at the models of mentoring within a professional context and draw upon work in related areas such as nursing. It will look at the experiences of the mentee and the experiences of the mentor and the impact of the relationship on both parties. It will give you an opportunity to share experiences and to deepen your knowledge by focusing on the research evidence in this field.
Developing MA Literacies (20 credits)
The module aims to prepare students to develop the critical and reflective skills to participate confidently in their academic community as a researcher-practitioner. It will support you in developing the academic writing and critical reading skills to engage successfully in MA level study.
Diversity and Achievement (20 credits)
This module is concerned with analysing the factors that are predictive of educational success and failure for children and young people and exploring the implications of this analysis for school policy and practice. These factors will be considered at the level of the individual child, the family, the school and the neighbourhood using data from case study material drawing in part on students' individual working contexts. Issues of class, gender, disability and ethnicity will be considered. The analysis at the level of an individual in a particular locality will be compared to educational outcomes from national and international data sources.
Policy and purposes of Higher Education (20 credits)
This module explores higher education as one of the great institutions of Society and examines contemporary contextual policy frameworks and their influences on higher education, for example, social constructivism, neoliberalism, transformation, workforce attachment, social capital. It aims to increase your repertoire and confidence in areas of your HE activity and foster engaged, participatory, critical, evidence-based approaches, informed by and contributing to, national and global debates.
The Inclusive Curriculum (20 credits)
This module, relevant for primary, secondary, and further and higher education practitioners and students, explores key aspects of curriculum design and delivery in relation to access, equality of learning opportunity and inclusion. There will be a particular focus on the ways in which cultural values influence curriculum content and organization and you will have an opportunity to critically engage with theories of internationalising and decolonising the curriculum.
Mind and Brain (20 credits)
This module explores previous and present developments within the field of educational neuroscience. The module will begin by exploring developmental changes that occur throughout the lifespan. Current insights from the field of cognitive neuroscience will be explored in relation to a number of specific educational issues which have implications for educational practice. The module will engage with philosophical exploration and deliberation over the relationship between mind, brain, self and body.
Action Research (40 credits)
This module comprises a taught unit on action research methods, including managing change, leading to an action research project. The project will require you to research aspects of their own work-based practice.
Independent Study: investigating practice (20 credits)
This module offers the opportunity to engage in independent study of a topic, issue or area that is not available elsewhere within the course. You will, in consultation and negotiation with a tutor, identify a topic, issue or area of personal or professional interest and relevance and then draw up a course of independent study, which may include library and practical research.