Project 1: Developing a research methods module for international masters students in education
Starting in summer 2014, we decided to review and develop our work on a research methods module which is part of our MA in International Education course. This led to us thinking again about the basis on which we were developing our understanding of research methods and from this to how we wanted to teach it. Some of the initial thinking involved reflection on a project completed the previous year with a colleague from the English Language Teaching Unit focusing on the role of study skills in masters level provision. Both projects were at least in part based around the use of Lesson Study. Some o.f the approaches, initial results and insights can be found on the publications and presentations page.
Project 2: Developing Slow Research with Blackburn Primaries
During the 2014/15 academic year we had the opportunity to develop some small-scale research projects with a group of primary schools in Blackburn. This was a project undertaken in partnership with the schools and Slow Education a social enterprise which works with schools to develop deep learning opportunities, including the creation of project-based learning approaches etc. (see the example in the video to the left). We worked with the staff involved in a project-based learning project to develop some simple research frameworks to help capture the experiences and perceptions of children. This involved an
introduction to research methods, and the development of data collection frameworks. Some initial thoughts on the development of a 'slow research' approach are posted on the publications and presentations page.