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Engaging with the research methods curriculum

By Natasha Whiteman and Martin Oliver


Training in research methods has always been an important part of postgraduate courses; however, in recent years, what constitutes an "appropriate" kind of training for postgraduate students in Education has been shaped by national policy in addition to disciplinary traditions. Such debates became a live issue during the process of developing an online research methods module for three related MA programmes. In this paper, a critique is developed of approaches to teaching research methods. This is achieved by exploring three different approaches to the teaching and assessment of an online research methods module. The differences between these are examined, drawing on the theoretical framework and the idea of the 'engaged curriculum' developed by Barnett & Coate (2005). The paper concludes by contrasting the diversity in this case with the position currently being advocated by the UK's funding councils

Year: 2008
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