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Researching Practice

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Key Facts
Route Co-ordinator: Dr Ros McLellan Full-time enrolled 2018-19: n/a
Open to: Our PGCE & PACES students only
Part-time enrolled 2018-19: 80
Full-time deadline: n/a % International: 0
Part-time deadline: 31/05/19 % Home: 100%

Who is the course for?

The Researching Practice course is only offered to University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education PGCE & PACES graduates and is it only available as a one year blended learning part-time route. If you completed your PGCE at another institution please view the courses available to you on our 2 year part time MEd courses pages

This popular course offers a flexible blended learning method for full or part time teachers and education professionals. Weekly Faculty attendance is not required.

What does the course offer?

The course is for teachers who have an interest in developing their own practice through research and investigation. You will engage with debates surrounding education and schools, as well as exploring in depth an area of professional interest to you. We seek to introduce you into the debates and ideas surrounding the development of teachers as researchers.

The course will enable you to:

  • Understand and be able to discuss with confidence the debates surrounding teachers as researchers
  • Become familiar with an appropriate range of intellectual and methodological traditions within educational research
  • Become a skilled and critical reader of educational research
  • Develop in depth knowledge of some substantive area of education and educational research
  • Develop your capacity to frame research questions and devise appropriate research designs
  • Develop confidence and competence in using a range of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to gathering, analysing and interpreting evidence
  • Develop your skills in presenting research-based evidence and argument
  • Gain practical experience of educational research through conducting a small-scale investigation.

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How is the course organised?

The Researching Practice MEd is offered as a blended learning route. This means that the route will be offered online via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and via some face to face conferences. You will take part in teaching sessions via Moodle VLE. Preparation for these teaching sessions will be via the course materials on the Researching Practice Moodle site.

You will be allocated a personal supervisor and be entitled to the normal hours of supervision; but you might choose to have supervisions via email, Skype and telephone, as well as face to face.

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Course Attendance

You will be required to attend some Saturday conferences at the Faculty and weekly evening online sessions via Moodle. Please refer to this Course overview and attendance document for a guide to the course attendance pattern.

Face to face teaching attendance dates for 2019/2020:

Friday 11th Oct – Conference 1 - Course induction
Saturday 16th Nov - Conference 2
Saturday 18th Jan – Conference 3
Saturday 14th March – Conference 4
Saturday 16th May – Conference 5

(Please note some dates may be subject to change due to timetable scheduling)

You will be part of an online learning group, with an allocated tutor who will be working with you and your group on the course materials and course online discussions. These online discussions will take place approximately every two weeks, on a week day evening from 7-8pm. The online sessions are within University term time will reflect both course content and small research tasks which you will be asked to undertake.

Additionally you will have a supervisor to support you with writing your thesis. Supervisions (online and face to face) are at times arranged by negotiation between yourself and your supervisor.

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Application process and Fees

For more information on the application process, fees and entry requirements please see the PGCE MEd application page or the PACES-MEd page.