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This module aims to support the development of the individualised research project that you will undertake. You will explore research methodologies and broad characteristics of social science research practice and philosophy and consider ethical issues relating to areas of practitioner research in education.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
Assessment is by continuous submission of coursework, including written assignments, a research project, presentations and portfolios of evidence.
A former Primary School teacher, Shirley worked on initial teacher training programmes at the University of Hertfordshire before moving to Middlesex University in 2007 as Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies. She has worked on professional training programmes in the Early Years and Primary School sectors at Middlesex and is currently studying for a DProf, which focuses on the professional development of early years teachers.