Becoming a Researcher - Theories and Methods (X6606)

30 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

This module introduces you to the different ways in which research with children can be conducted, and to the key theoretical and methodological debates about research with children. It provides insights in to different methodologies, methods and applications of research, gives the opportunity to explore a specific research paper in detail, and prepares you for your dissertation in year 3.

The module content will include: theories of knowledge and dominant approaches to research, including an introduction to qualitative and quantitative methodologies and how these are used; literature reviews - including how to do an electronic search and how to summarise key debates and draw conclusions; ethical concerns relating to research with children and young people, and the implications for research design; practitioner and insider research, including action research, case study and evidence-based practice; exploration of the ways in which published research is used by policy makers and practitioners to develop practice and an introduction to the academic skills needed to identify an article for review and to critique it from both a methodological and a substantive perspective.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 250 hours of work. This breaks down into 66 hours of contact time and 184 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.