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Developing Critical Practice in Education (10 Weeks)

This foundation module will equip you with a thorough understanding of the skills required to complete a masters-level degree with Roehampton. It will help you develop the analytical skills required to think, write and debate at graduate level. You’ll start to critically examine your own values, dispositions and skills, and consider your effectiveness as a leader and agent of change. You’ll also learn how we support you within the online learning environment.

In the first week you will focus on getting to know the online classroom through guided activities designed to help you develop essential study skills that you will need throughout your programme.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Confidently navigate the online classroom and perform a range of tasks including submitting assignments, contributing to discussions and viewing your grades
  • Critically self-assess and apply knowledge, skills and characteristics of professional practitioners
  • Critically self-assess and apply knowledge, skills and characteristics of successful online learners
  • Synthesise and apply skills associated with academic integrity
  • Synthesise and apply current research related to development and learning theory
  • Critically analyse the relationship of culture, bias and stereotyping to fostering development and learning
  • Critically reflect on professional practice, values, beliefs and assumptions

Exploring Perspectives and Issues in Learning and Teaching (10 Weeks)

Exploring local, national and global educational issues related to the practice of teaching, this module will help you begin to reflect on your own professional practice and explore possibilities to enhance your performance as a practitioner. During this module, you will also select a learning-and-teaching issue in your own setting and begin to apply research literature towards exploring a solution.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively to foster collaborative relationships
  • Reflect on professional practice related to current issues in learning and teaching
  • Examine professional identity within learning and teaching by documenting your journey
  • Critically evaluate relevance of learning theories and teaching practices
  • Identify challenges in educational settings and opportunities to enhance learning
  • Evaluate professional practice in light of changing policy and practice within local, national and global contexts

Enhancing Learning: Implications for Teaching Practice (10 Weeks)

Throughout this module, you will focus on understanding the factors that influence learning and the importance of fully understanding the individual needs of the learner. You’ll start to apply evidence-based theory towards implementing practical learning activities in your own setting.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate theoretical underpinnings and assumptions of constructivism and objectivism in learning and teaching
  • Assess personal knowledge and skill in relation to learning and teaching perspectives and theories
  • Apply theories of learning and teaching in professional practice
  • Examine the implications of evidence-based practices to enhance learning in a diverse learning environment
  • Identify literature relevant to problems in practice
  • Analyse themes in learning and teaching literature
  • Reflect on professional practice in light of experience in this module

Evaluating Learning and Teaching for Continuous Improvement (10 Weeks)

This module explores how assessment can be used to inform your teaching methods and enhance learning. Through studying the role of assessment in relation to continuous improvement, you will develop methods through which assessment can be used as an important part of the learning cycle. This view of assessment of and for learning will see you collect and study data from your own role as part of your daily professional practice.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Examine types, approaches, and purposes of assessment
  • Evaluate effectiveness of learning and teaching in educational settings
  • Develop practical skills in collecting and analysing learning and teaching data from multiple sources to inform continuous improvement
  • Review literature related to questions raised from data
  • Create a plan for continuous improvement that builds capacity in the educational setting
  • Evaluate professional practice and plans for continuous improvement

Leading and Enhancing Learning (10 Weeks)

This module seeks to equip you with the characteristics, management styles and strategies that can be implemented to help lead positive social change in those you teach. During this module, strong emphasis is placed on the process of academic research in order to help prepare you for your Professional Project.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Analyse issues and problems in relation to opportunities and challenges for positive social change
  • Assess skills and characteristics of effective advocates for positive social change in early childhood and/or education settings
  • Synthesise knowledge, research and professional experiences to create essential components of effective advocacy action plans
  • Analyse and reflect on skills, knowledge and characteristics of professional practitioners
  • Examine and reflect on time management, professional goals, philosophies of development and learning, and ability to promote positive social change

Research Methods and Today’s Education Professional (10 Weeks)

The first of two modules devoted to helping you prepare for your Professional Project, this module will introduce you to various cultural and ethical considerations for a masters-level research project with a UK university. Through online classroom discussions and assessment tasks, you’ll identify a practice-based problem that will go on to form the foundations of your Professional Project Proposal and Professional Project.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish between varying ethical considerations related to practitioner research based on culture regulation and institution, and British Educational Research Association (BERA 2011) guidelines for ethical research
  • Evaluate and develop critiques of research methods and techniques and, where appropriate, propose new hypotheses
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of research methods and tools for educational and/or early childhood studies
  • Communicate complex information to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Professional Project Proposal (10 Weeks)

Building on the previous module, here you will apply the analytical and conceptual thinking skills honed during your studies to develop a practitioner-based research proposal. You’ll receive advice on creating a rationale, a well-measured research question, and how to conduct credible data collection. You’ll also learn how to present and defend your proposal as a prerequisite to entering your final Professional Project (module eight).

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of the way that established methods of research are used to create and interpret knowledge in your area of professional practice
  • Evaluate and choose appropriate methods and tools applicable to your own research and with respect to ethical guidelines
  • Apply an understanding of the rationale for writing research proposals
  • Communicate the rationale and importance of the proposed research

Professional Project (26 Weeks)

Your Professional Project is your opportunity to carry out a research-based investigation into a practice-based problem. Underpinned by the principle of researching with others, you will collect data, analyse results and present your findings in a 10,000- to 12,000-word report.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • Apply a systematic understanding and awareness of current problems and new insights related to professional practice
  • Apply a comprehensive understanding of methods and tools applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship
  • Demonstrate originality and creativity in the application of knowledge
  • Evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in the area of professional practice
  • Examine research methods and, where appropriate, propose research-based improvements to professional practice
  • Communicate the conclusions of your practitioner research

At the end of each module you’ll submit a final project, which is a written piece of work (such as an essay or case study). While your final project for each module will be the primary factor in determining your grade, your contributions to shared activities will also be taken into consideration.

Your Professional Project is the largest – and final – piece of work you’ll undertake during your online masters programme. You’ll undertake an in-depth investigation of a specific problem and present your research topic, methodologies, results and conclusions as a report of 10,000 to 12,000 words.

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