Module Action Research

Course details

Direct Entry

September 2016, 2017; January 2017

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Action Research is a fully online module that will offer you the opportunity to gain masters level credits based on the INSET courses you do as part of your continuing professional development (CPD).

The module allows you to gain experience of M-level study without fully committing to an MA. It is designed to work around your ongoing continuous professional development so it has direct relevance to your professional practice in school.

You will critically examine a range of perspectives and theoretical frameworks relevant to your workplace and use these to inform the design, implementation and evaluation of a practical action research project aimed at developing your practice.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate self-awareness in selecting an area of personal professional practice for development and articulate an understanding of the relationship between this area and relevant theoretical and policy frameworks
  • select and evaluate a range of relevant texts including education literature and policy documents to identify key concepts and use these to formulate new and innovative approaches to practice
  • identify and provide a rationale for an appropriate action research design to structure and carry out a trial of these new approaches
  • critically evaluate the action research process and its impact on practice
Programme specification (PDF)

1st or 2nd class honours degree.

Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedures.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to study this module you should be a serving teacher currently working in school.

Applications should be made online from the Apply Now button within the course information page.

Please note that the direct entry application system will not recognise your current Student IT Network login. Please select the New User option from the Apply Now button.

This module is an ideal first entrance to M-level study for serving teachers. Successful study of this module attracts 30 M-level credits which can then be used towards a full MA in Education in your future studies.

The course uses a virtual learning environment to provide structured online resources to guide independent study, interactive online learning within a tutorial group of other teachers, access to online library resources, access to student support, and proactive tutoring by a university lecturer.