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Education Research that Matters: Doing Research in Your Learning Community

Build the tools and knowledge to perform your own education research and establish yourself as a teacher-researcher.

Education Research that Matters: Doing Research in Your Learning Community
  • Duration4 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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Learn how to analyse research data and communicate your research findings

Many teachers want to learn new knowledge and methods to improve their teaching, but it can be hard for someone outside of research communities to perform research of their own.

On this course, you will learn how to do your own education research and build supported communities of education research practice.

You will explore research design and learn about tools to help you do research focused on a series of common teaching challenges.

You’ll be supported in your research by expert university researchers who will help you find, analyse, and communicate your data.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds Hi I’m Deborah Youdell and I’m a Professor of Education at the University of Birmingham and this is ‘Education Research that Matters. It’s a series of three MOOCs that take you through first thinking about education questions through to doing research in your own classrooms and schools. I myself as a teacher and as a head teacher found that I gained professional courage because I was reading a lot and that meant that in fact I was more driven by the things I was reading, by the literature reviews I was accessing then I was the demands of Ofsted. Engaging with research means that every day it’s really exciting because you’re engaing with up to date research that has ben collated in different ways

Skip to 1 minute and 5 seconds We know that there’s lots of talk about evidence and education based on evidence but how do we know which evidence is any good? Which evidence should we use? And where do we go and find it? In the first MOOC that’s what we’re going to explore. In MOOC 2 we’re going to look at a whole range of ways of doing research, approaches that educators can use in there setting that can inform thier practicenand that can really inspired by the people that I work with and that can benefits thier students.

Skip to 1 minute and 31 seconds And the last MOOC brings teachers together in groups around hot topics, wicked problems to say how can we as a community support each other, work together to do research in our own settings. Engaging in research has help me to become aware of the gaps in my skillsets and given me the confidence to address these gaps. It has also allowed me to develop an intentionally about the way I deliver knowledge to my learners. My future research ambitions is that research informs daily practice in the classroom and beyond.

Skip to 2 minutes and 17 seconds You can do these MOOCs as one or in any combination. If you do all three by the end of the programme you will have gone from from identifying a problem or an issue that you want to explore in your setting through to thinking about how best to research it, what the estate of the evidence is already and actually doing a piece of research in your own setting as part of a community of research practice. To be a professional is to engage in lifelong learning. This is a quest all the time to do the best we can for our children.

What topics will you cover?

  • Week 1: From research design to research practice – refining questions and research tools, securing samples, and ensuring ethical compliance.

  • Week 2: Doing the research – becoming a teacher-researcher.

  • Week 3: Analysing data – reflection, reflexivity, techniques for analysis.

  • Week 4: Communicating findings and having an impact.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the importance of developing a research culture in schools and classrooms
  • Design a research project using the right data collection and analysis techniques for your needs
  • Identify the best ways of communicating your research findings for the right audiences
  • Develop an effective research question focused on an element of your practice

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for school teachers and educators in non-school settings who’d like to learn how to undertake and use educational research.

Who will you learn with?

I am a Professor of Education at the University of Birmingham. My research explores education inequalities and links to policy, pedagogy, and identities as well as biosocial influences on learning.

I am the Head of Online Learning and Community at the Chartered College of Teaching. Prior to this role I taught English and led professional learning in Further Education settings.

I am a Reader in Education at the University of Birmingham. My research focuses on how inequalities of race, religion, age and sexuality manifest in education policy and in people's school experience.

Who developed the course?

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is a public research university, consistently listed as a leading UK university and ranked among the top 100 in the world.

Chartered College of Teaching

The Chartered College of Teaching is the professional body for teaching in England. Since launching in 2017, it has been working to connect, inform and inspire teachers.

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