Becoming a Researcher - Theories and Methods (X6606)

15 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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 160 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 127 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: