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This subject aims to build the methodological literacy of doctoral students to a level that is adequate to the doctoral level of study. It addresses both more general methodological questions and concerns in the field of educational research as well as addressing specific issues connected with the use of particular research methods and the associated forms of data. This subject caters equally for students pursuing various quantitative and qualitative methodologies in their doctoral research projects. It provides targeted training in key research methods as well as developing the students’ overall understanding of the use and usefulness of various research methods in the field of educational research.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, it is expected that the participating doctoral students will have developed:
- An advanced methodological literacy and a mastery of one or more specific research method(s) suited to their doctoral research project.
- An advanced capacity to demonstrate why a specific research method is appropriate for answering a specific research question.
- An advanced understanding of strengths and weaknesses of the major methodologies currently used in the field educational research.
On completion of this subject, it is expected that participating doctoral students will possess:
- An advanced practical mastery of one or more research methods pertinent to the field of educational research.
- A developed capacity to select and apply research methods to address a range of educational issues and concerns.
- Advanced skills in the collection, management, analysis and interpretation of qualitative or quantitative data.
Last updated: 6 December 2019