PP0547 - Researching Childhood and Early Years

What will I learn on this module?

Building on research understanding and skills developed at level 4, this module will introduce you to key ideas, perspectives and activities in social research relevant to childhood and early years. You will develop knowledge and understanding about what and how things can be ‘known’ (epistemology), ways of seeing the world (paradigms), approaches and traditions in research (methodology), collecting or generating data (methods) and analysing or interpreting findings (analysis). You will learn about the key research methodological approaches and the methods used within them, going on to evaluate others research work before developing your own questions, methodology and methods. Finally you will appreciate how to relate each of these elements into a coherent proposal for research and you will consider relevant ethical issues that apply to your research. This module feeds directly into the level 6 module ‘Childhood and Early Years Studies Project’.

How will I learn on this module?

Your learning on this module will be developed around, and will result from, a research proposal which will involve you in designing a project on a topic of our choice which you will negotiate with tutors. Your learning will develop as you make informed connections between lectures, seminars, directed activities, reading, planning, and in discussions with peers and tutors

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through directed learning workbooks, electronic and interactive content via the Electronic learning Portal (eLP), lectures, an electronic interactive reading list and 1-1 support from a project supervisor. You will be supported to be proactive in identifying and raising issues for discussion with module leaders and your supervisor in particular. These discussions will be prompted by reading, journaling and planning related to your proposal. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of the University Library’s Skills Plus programme as you develop your skills as an undergraduate researcher.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will be able to compare and contrast relevant research traditions, theories and activities associated with the study of childhood and early years studies.
2. You will develop detailed knowledge of your chosen project topic within childhood and early years studies.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will be able to evaluate and discriminate between various research design options available to you as you develop a proposal for research.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. You will apply a range of interpersonal, ethical and organisational skills associated with designing a small scale academic research project.
5. You will demonstrate ability to articulate enquiry around a topic of personal and academic interest to you.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by the production of a 3000 word proposal for your research project (100%)

You will receive feedback on summative assessments via:

Written comments on assessed work, highlighting strengths and weaknesses and indicating pathways to the further development of knowledge and skills. Areas of concern will be linked to positive advice on how to address issues.
Additionally, you will receive informal feedback from module tutors and from your project supervisor as appropriate throughout the module.





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Course info

UCAS Code W3P9

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time

Department Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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