Researching Childhood in Education

Module 20579

School of Education

This compulsory module focuses on research methods and processes. Being able to undertake original research and to evaluate research produced by others are vital skills for those working in fields such as education and children’s services. In addition, the RCE module is also intended to prepare you for undertaking your third year dissertation. The module will introduce you to key issues in research methodology and design, such as how to develop research questions, using research literature, addressing ethical issues, analysing data and writing-up. You will also be encouraged to reflect on wider questions about how educational and social science research helps us to understand social worlds. You will explore a range of research techniques, including interviews, questionnaires, observational studies and documentary research. There is a strong practical element to this module, a key part of which will involve you working with a small group in designing, piloting and writing-up a small scale research project.

Module Lead

Dr Sian Roberts

Contact time

Lectures (14 hours), Seminars (26 hours), Guided independent study (160 hours)


20 credits


You will undertake a small-scale group research project involving children, young people or  fellow students, which you will begin working on in term 1 and continue through to term 2.  Assessment for this research project is both formative and summative, you will be expected to show progression between the two assessment stages:

1.  You will produce an outline research proposal  

2. Building upon the feedback from Assessment 1, you will carry out research design for a small-scale research project (100%).

Programmes associated with this module

BA Education

BA Education and Sociology

BA Education and History


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