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literature sources to situate research in relation to dominant and marginalised discourses.

Assessment Brief

This section sets out how your learning will be accessed, how your work will be marked and how the process of marking will be managed to ensure it is fair and equitable.

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The assessment brief for this module can also be found on the module’s Blackboard site in the ‘Assessment’ section. We will discuss this all with you during Session 1 and throughout the module.

Assessment on the Module

MA Education Research Project 77-706016-Ns2-A

(Level 7 60 credits)

Assessment Task

% weighting of overall module mark

Submission Point

Dissertation 12000 words

100%

End of Module

Learning Outcomes

1. Recognise the importance of positionality in undertaking social research and critically reflect on positionality and how it underpins research.

2. Critically appraise a wide range of literature sources to situate research in relation to dominant and marginalised discourses.

3. Define a worthwhile and manageable project, identifying and justifying the research methods and research strategy employed.

4. Critically evaluate the ethical issues associated with the study and demonstrate application and adherence to ethical principles.

5. Analyse, synthesise and communicate research findings with reference to the literature.

6. Critically reflect on the process and personal and professional impact of undertaking research.

Mark sheet:

Criteria Refer 0-49% Pass 50-59% Credit 60-69% Distinction 70%+ Recognise the importance of positionality in undertaking social research and critically reflect on positionality and how it underpins research.

The relationship between positionality and enquiry is not examined. Personal insights and learning are not articulated

A personal position in relation to enquiry is articulated and explored and consideration given to how this might influence future enquires into practice

A personal view of the strengths and limitations of responses to practice arising from the enquiry is explored

Awareness of own positioning and values and how these have had an impact on the enquiry and on its outcomes is demonstrated

Important ways in which the enquiry can relate to and impact on own positionality are considered

The experience of the relationship between positionality and research is reflected on and any dilemmas and dissonances identified and critically explored

The way in which the research has revealed the complexity and ambiguity of positionality and contributed to new insights into both enquiry and practice is demonstrated

The way in which personal and professional assumptions and values have had an impact on the stance taken on the enquiry is explored in an insightful, incisive way, recognising crucial benefits, limitations and new realisation

Critically appraise a wide range of literature sources to situate research in relation to dominant and marginalised discourses.

Limited analysis of relevant literature sources with respect to

your area of special interest and lack of discussion of contradictory and ambiguous aspects.

Critically analysed a range of relevant literature sources with

respect to your area of special interest including some at the forefront of current thinking, recognising some contradictory and ambiguous aspects.

Identified and explored some wider themes that relate to the case study

topic and/or located your discussion in relation to other contexts.

Made a reasoned attempt to develop your own conceptualisation of the area of special interest, reconciling some significant contradictory and/or ambiguous aspects of the literature and practice.

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