Discover research methods in education and how they can benefit the way you teach on this course, ideal for CPD.
Learn about key education research methods and how to use them
Connecting insights from existing research to practice and building on this to design realistic and high-quality research projects can be challenging. Understanding research methods is crucial to making this simpler.
On this course, you’ll get a grounding in the key research methods used in education research and consider the benefits and pitfalls of different methods.
You’ll engage critically with research methods that will help you to be better informed when reading research and better able to select the best methods to use when designing research in your own setting.
What topics will you cover?
- Week 1: Qualitative and action research - doing education research with teachers and children.
- Week 2: Quantitative methods and statistical analysis - interrogate school performance.
- Week 3: Research synthesis and review - using different approaches synthesis and review to support evidence-based practice.
- Week 4: Mixed methods and interdisciplinary research - engaging with the ‘Science of Learning’.
When would you like to start?
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Understand the range of research methods that might be useful in researching education.
- Understand quantitative approaches and statistical methods in the context of school performance measures.
- Understand mixed methods and interdisciplinary research drawing on new work on the ‘science of learning’.
- Understand qualitative approaches and action research with children and teachers inside learning settings.
- Understand techniques for synthesis and review of research reports with a focus on evidence-based policy and practice.
Who is the course for?
This course is for teachers working in early years, primary, secondary and further education settings. It would also be of interest to other education professionals.
Who developed the course?
University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is a public research university, consistently listed as a leading UK university and ranked among the top 100 in the world.
Chartered College of Teaching
The Chartered College of Teaching is the professional body for teaching in England. Since launching in 2017, it has been working to connect, inform and inspire teachers.
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