Practice-Based Research in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Module: 11 26296

Value: 20 credits

Students who register for this module will need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. 

This module is a practice-based opportunity to transfer and apply learning and skills acquired from other modules on this programme.  You will be paired with a school; or charity, agency, or NGO in agreement with the Programme Leader.  In partnership with schools and other organisations, you will identify with the Module Leader, a practice based research question – to be investigated and undertaken within the allocated time. 

A practitioner within the setting will be identified as a voluntary mentor and you will be visited by the programme leader / the module leader at their practice based setting.

The emphasis in this module is primarily concerned with carrying out research in a specified area of SEND in a practical context, in order to both better understand that context as well as to prepare for dissertation research methods to be conducted in the next semester.  You will be expected to apply your knowledge of research and methodology as well as your subject knowledge to the research question.  You will be supported to identify aspects upon which to reflect through examination of current, relevant developments in theory and practice related to the research methods and specific area of research.

This module will follow the Practitioner Inquiry in Education (PIE) module on research methods and design in assisting the student to complete their dissertation. During this module, you will have an opportunity to further develop your own research design and methods and apply them to a real setting in preparation for youractual dissertation data collection and analysis.


  • A portfolio of 4,000 words (50%)
  • Research methods assignment 1: Design (20%)
  • Research methods assignment 2: Data Collection Instrument (20%)
  • Participation (10%). 


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