The course has a specific focus on social justice and social inclusion. It is aimed at experienced educational professionals who would like to undertake a substantial investigation into an area of professional practice in education. We offer a programme of research'based professional development for experienced professionals who have educational responsibilities within their employment. It is designed to encourage practitioners at doctoral level to: Undertake critical reflection; acquire knowledge of contemporary educational policy developments and processes; develop the ability to challenge in an innovative, substantive and original manner the adequacy of existing knowledge of policy developments and professional practice; develop the capacity of defining, undertaking and evaluating research on educational policy and professional practice; examine the dynamics of social class, gender and ethnicity in educational policy from a social justice perspective; develop their own distinctive approach to research.
Year 1: Education policy and social justice (an overview); introduction to theories and methodologies of educational research; evaluating research and reflecting on its uses in professional contexts. Year 2: Policy, practice and social justice in educational institutions; research proposal and presentation; conducting educational research (a pilot study). Year 3 onward: Research'based thesis.
Course Additional Entry
A Master's degree from a UK university (in addition to a 1st degree) or an overseas equivalent, plus at least 3 years full'time experience in a relevant professional area. Candidates without a Master's degree may be admitted to the programme on the basis of a portfolio of prior professional work of Masters level equivalence. Applicants whose first language is not English, need to demonstrate the appropriate level measured by IELTS, TOEFL or the EASE test.
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