Researching Professional Practice in Primary and Early Years (X6612)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module requires the design, development and carrying out of a small scale context based research project on an aspect of professional practice within a specialist phase and school/setting. Once the research is completed an evaluation and report on the findings is constructed as a dissertation and shared through a presentation to an audience of peers and practitioners. Through a process of systematic enquiry and the application of different research methods such as lesson study or action research specialist knowledge is developed of a negotiated focus alongside an applied understanding of how research has the potential to reveal, enlighten and improve practice.

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 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 97 hours of contact time and about 203 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: