Developing Advanced Educational Research Skills with Practicing Teachers

Developing Advanced Educational Research Skills with Practising Teachers: Designing a School-based Research Project       

This long-standing course run with the University of Lincoln, UK, is aimed at teachers who wish to learn more about how to conduct educational research. The course will explore the process of taking an area of interest or concern (a ‘research problem’) and turning this into a researchable project through the generation of appropriate research questions and/or hypotheses. Participants will also be introduced to some key features of research design, including research ethics, access issues and researcher positionality. As such, it aims to support teachers and educational leaders in undertaking research in their own schools. Irish PhD students of the University of Lincoln will be in attendance to discuss their research and contribute to workshops and seminars. Teachers wishing to write a PhD research proposal will be supported and provided with feedback. 

Course Outline:

This course will provide you with an opportunity to meet with Lincoln University Lecturers, and seeks to introduce teachers to the key issues within Learning and Teaching and Educational Leadership and Policy research. It is intended to inform reflective practice through an introduction to different approaches to educational research. Participants will be introduced to the key debates in the respective fields, and encouraged to link this work to their own professional experience. A particular focus will be placed on making connections between theoretical work and empirical research in the different fields. Participants will learn to understand how theory in the different fields has emerged from research, and how, in turn, theoretical insights have shaped and guided further research. The course will explore the notion of ‘research-ability’ – the process of taking an area of interest or concern (a ‘research problem’) and turning this into a researchable project through the generation of appropriate research questions and/or hypotheses. Participants will also be introduced to some key features of research design, with regard to their potential area of research, including research ethics, access issues and researcher positionality. As such, it aims to support teachers and educational leaders in undertaking research in their own schools. 

Learning Outcomes include: 

  • Exploring theories of leadership and management 
  • Exploring theories of public policy and education 
  • Introduction to research design and methods 
  • Developing research questions/research hypotheses 
  • Core concepts for the reflective practitioner – ethics, access and researcher positionality. On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to: 
  • Search appropriate sources (electronic and otherwise) to identify existing material in relation to their chosen area of study. 
  • Undertake an analysis and critique of a limited range of sources, demonstrating an ability to digest, organise, synthesise and challenge the work of others. 
  • Draw on existing sources to begin to frame a proposed area of study, and to develop provisional research questions. Demonstrate an understanding of how a ‘research problem’ can become a ‘researchable issue’. 
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues in educational research, and understand the significance of one’s own position in relation to the proposed area of research.

This course also offers a great opportunity for you to meet with former Irish Doctoral students of Lincoln University and learn from their past experiences.

Date:                    Mon 4th – Fri 8th July 2022

Venue:                 Mayo Education Centre

Time:                   10.00am – 2.30pm each day (Lunch break 12.00pm – 12.30pm)

Fee:                      €50 (payable on booking- this fee includes lunch each day)

Facilitators:        Joss Winn, Helen Childerhouse, Maria Lopez-Romero and Terence Karran from the University of Lincoln.

The University of Lincoln, UK, is rated among the UK's top 20 universities for student satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2022 and the Complete University Guide 2022 and in the top 30 UK universities overall in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020. We hold a top five-star rating in the QS Stars ratings system of global universities and are placed among the world's top 150 young universities in The Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2021

Course Properties

Course date 04-07-2022 9:30 am
Course End Date 08-07-2022 2:00 pm
Cut off date 17-06-2022 5:00 pm
Individual Price €50.00
Location Mayo Education Centre

We are no longer accepting registration for this course