Dissertation/Action Enquiry Introduction, Module Guide and the Plan/Proposal October 2012
Agenda• Module Guide(s) • The Programme • The Assignment • The Structure of the Assignment • Level Descriptors • Reading on Research • Harvard Referencing• The Plan/Proposal Submission• The guidance of Colin Robson• http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/robson/powerpoint_slides.asp
Aims and Assessment Criteria• An empirical piece of practitioner research.• In depth knowledge and understanding.• New insights for generalization.• Research skills and scholarship.• Independence, autonomy, decision making.
Teaching and Support• Workshop Programme (Live and Online)• Online Conversation and materials: – http://www.mdxpartnership.org.uk• Supervision
Assignment• AE - 12,000 words• Dissertation 20,000 words• Research Report• Format in module guide/handbook
Task: Familiarity with the End ProductTask: Investigate and create a bullet point list of characteristics of Past Assignments under the headings:FormatGenre/style of writingFocusAudience
Structure and Format• Introduction, Context and Need with Professional Autobiography• Review of the Literature and Research in the field• The Methodological Issues of the Research• Data Collection and Analysis Procedures• The Results, (Description, Analysis, Discussion, Impact)
Reading on Methodology and Procedures• Cohen,Manion and Morrison Research methods in Education (2000) Routledge• McNiff J, Whitehead J (2005) Action Research,Sage• McNiff J, Whitehead J (2009) Doing and Writing Action Research.Sage• Robson C Real World Researchhttp://www.blackwellpublishing.com/robson/powerpoint_ slides.asp
Impact• Development of New Insights/Knowledge for other researchers.• Recommendations for practice for other practitioners.• Impact on own knowledge and practice.• Impact on learning experience and outcomes of pupils
Plan• 1. Title• Your working title: try to be as precise as possible. It needs an introductory phrase such as: an enquiry into..., an critical investigation into..., a critical review of... an evaluation of...., a case study of.... ]• 2. Rationale and Need• What is your research focus?• Why do practitioners need this?• Why do researchers need this research?• What is your purpose?• Why is your research important to you, to your institution, and/or to education?• 3. Literature Review• Who are the major writers in this area of education?• What are the main concepts and ideas?• What has been written already on this research topic?
Plan• . Research Questions• What are you proposing to investigate?• How are you expressing the questions?]• 5. Methodology• What research tradition or philosophy are you proposing to work within?• What research approach or strategy are you intending to use?• Provide a brief justification for this approach.• Explain why this approach is suitable for what you intend to research.
Plan• 6. Data Collection Procedures (Observation, Asking Questions, Analyzing Secondary Data, Research Journal)• What data collection procedures are you proposing to use?• How much data will you produce?• What is your sample?• Provide a brief justification for these methods.• Explain why these methods are suitable for what you intend to research.
Plan• 7. Resources and Support• What resources are you going to need?• Where will these come from? What support might you need from supervisors?• 8. Ethical Issues• What ethical issues could be involved?• Consider permissions for access.• What issues concerning access and confidentiality could be involved?• How are you going to address them?
Timeplan• 9. Timescale• Write a GANTT* chart of how the various aspects of the research would be carried out. Consider: - • Research Planning, • Data Collection, • Data Analysis and • Report Writing.• Include a timeline for writing and checking with supervisors• (a) Introduction and Context.• (b) Review of Literature.• (c) Methods and Methodology,• (e) The Result. * A Gantt chart is a type of bar chart, developed by Henry Gantt, that illustrates a project schedule. Gantt charts illustrate the start and finish dates of the terminal elements and summary elements of a project. Terminal elements and summary elements comprise the work breakdown structure of the project.
GANTT Chart 0 N D J F M A M J J A SPlan x Submit 2ndNovIntro andjustificationReading and LitreviewMethodology andmethods sectionData collectionAnalysis of dataWriting up
Task• Draft your GANTT• Discuss what issues of timing does it raise?