Reflection on Learning: The Learning to learn competence

MQF Level: 7

ECTS Value: 30 ECTS

Self Study Hours: 440

Contact Hours: 15

Assessment Hours: 295


Overall Objectives and Outcomes

This module requires course participants to undertake an individual research project relevant to professional practice. This part of the course requires the individual to identify and construct research questions related to an area of education, critically evaluate appropriate literature of the respective
field, devise and carry out appropriate research methods, and critically interpret and examine the results and contribution of one’s research to the educational setting. In the process, the course participant is expected to comply with academic rigour and present findings in a well-structured and
cogently argued form.

By the end of this programme, participants should be able to:


a. Critically assess and evaluate current literature on the chosen subject to define an area of study and formulate the research questions;
b. Employ the appropriate methodology to acheive the research targets as formulated in the research questions;
c. Clearly communicate to a specialised and non-specialised audiences of own research findings;
d. Manage a research project within a specified timeframe;
e. Demonstate originality in research.


a. Identify and critically appraise the theoretical, scientific and/or empirical knowledge appropriate for the study;
b. Determine the contextual framework for the research;
c. Demonstrates critical knowledge of theoretical and evidence based practices within the educational field;
d. Identify and appreciate ethical and social issues within the field of educational research;
e. Demonstate a critical and anlytical approach towards indepth knowledge of the specific subject matter.


a. Create a hypthotesis and establish the correct tools to test it;
b. Design a research project related to a pedagogical and/or educational theme;
c. Adapt appropriate research methods to the field of study;
d. Formulate methods of collecting, manipulating and analysing data;
e. Compare and critically reflect on research findings and triangulate these findings with published literature.

Assessment Methods

This module will be assessed through: Dissertation

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List
  1. Cohen, L., Manion, L. and Morrison, K., (2011). Research Methods in Education. 7th ed. Routledge
  2. Bryman, A., (2004). Social Research Methods. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  3. Neuman, W. L., (2003). Social Research Methods – Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches. 5th ed. USA: Pearson Education, Inc.
  4. Opie, C., (2010). Doing Educational Research. London: SAGE
  5. Clough, P., and Nutbrown, C. (2012). A Student’s Guide to Methodology (3 ed.): Sage Publications.
  6. Creswell, J. W. (2013). Qualitative inquiry and research design: Choosing among five approaches: Sage.

Reading related to the subject content, this will be determined by the supervisor and course participant

Supplementary Reading List
  1. De Vaus, D. A. (2001). Research design in social research: Sage.
  2. Crotty, M. (1998). The foundations of social research: Meaning and perspective in the research process: Sage.
  3. Tashakkori, A. & Teddie, C., (1998). Mixed Methodology – Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches. London: SAGE.
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