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Academic Research Skills - a brief overview
Transcript of Academic Research Skills - a brief overview
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Academic Research Skills
data collection methods
survey - questionnaire
projects often share the following characteristics
each project has a specific purpose or brief
a project is based on research – both primary and secondary.
a project focuses on one topic in depth
a project is usually outside of the usual patterns of study or work.
●a project must be completed within a given time.
requires good organisation, planning and time management
set apart, yet relevant
Do you have a personal interest in this topic?
Will it help you improve practice?
Why is it important...
-->to your students?
--->to your department?
What are the limitations of...
before you begin...
Educational researchers aim to extend knowledge and understanding in all areas of educational activity and from all perspectives including learners, educators, policymakers and the public.
(BERA, 2011, p.4)
Educational research aims critically to inform educational judgements and decisions in order to improve educational action.
(Bassey, 2007, p.147)
(Hargreaves, 2007, p.10)
Changing the research agenda and research process means adopting as an essential prerequisite of improvement,
to what end?
research is not the reserve of 'academics'...
...but the right of all educators
, in all aspects of the research process, from the creation of strategic research plans, the selection of research priorities and the funding of projects through to the dissemination and implementation of policies and practices arising from or influenced by research findings.
the involvement of user communities, policy makers and practitioners
Why? What? How?