PP0622 - Childhood & Early Years Studies Project

What will I learn on this module?

Building on research understanding and skills developed throughout your programme and specifically in the level 5 module ‘Researching Childhood and Early Years’, this module will build on your knowledge, understanding and application of key ideas, perspectives and activities in social research relevant to childhood and early years. You will develop further 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). In addition, you will develop a critical understanding of how to relate each of these elements into a coherent piece of research. You will also learn how to conduct research which will be subject to the ongoing ethical scrutiny and protocols of Northumbria University.

How will I learn on this module?

Your learning on this module will be developed around, and will result from, a research project which will involve you in carrying out and writing up work on a topic which you will negotiate with tutors. Your learning will develop as you make informed, critical and reflective connections between directed activities, reading, planning, discussions with peers and tutors, your research activity and your writing

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 an academic project supervisor. You will be expected to be proactive in identifying and raising issues for discussion with module leaders and your supervisor in particular –these should be prompted by reading, journaling, planning and ethical issues related to your project. 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 familiar with and understand 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 apply your selected research design options as you conduct, analyse and write up your research.
4. You will demonstrate an ability to manage and sustain your small scale research project building on your existing proposal through to completion, including writing an extended project.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will demonstrate ability to articulate enquiry around a topic of personal and academic interest to you with consideration of ethics.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by the production of a final research project of 9000 words. (100%)
(MLOs 1,2,3,4,5)

You will receive feedback on the summative assessment 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.





Module abstract

As a research module, you will be supported to design, implement and write up your own research activity. The module starts with teaching input about research which includes actual examples of staff and student research such as video and workbook resources from previous undergraduate students in your department. Your main form of learning about research in this module will be through your own research. This “research based” learning will be supported in particular through critical and reflective conversations with supervisors, where your research project will be the object of reflection. The research project provides you with an exciting opportunity to select a topic of particular interest to you which could potentially support your ideas about future employment and further study opportunities.

Course info

UCAS Code W3P9

Credits 40

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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