This course intends to provide students with exposure
on approaches and methods of analyzing existing educational policies and
planning, identifying pertinent policy and planning issues, selecting
appropriate strategies to address policy issues and design a perspective
plan to implement the policy strategies.
It will also cover important considerations in the process of policy analysis such as identifying data
sources and weighing the utility of data; establishing criteria for analyzing
policies; assessing policy alternatives; choosing among policies; and
monitoring policy implementation. Through this course, students are expected to
gain a broad understanding of the economic, social, and political dimensions of
educational development within and
across national boundaries. They should also achieve greater awareness of the
role of international, national, and local actors and institutions in
educational policy and planning practices. Finally, they will identify, compare
and critique some of the prevailing assumptions about education and development
This is an intensive unit that introduces you to research in education. The sessions focus on the planning of an education research project. You will explore how to construct effective research questions, a range of research methodologies and approaches (including data collection strategies) and consider ethical issues.
The course will provide you with a sound basis in educational research, enabling you to demonstrate that you can:
· Locate a research interest within broader research perspectives and methodologies in the field of education and social sciences
· Formulate research questions that are congruent with a chosen research approach
· Design ways to generate and analyse qualitative and quantitative data that are congruent with specific research questions
· Use research processes with due regard to ethical procedures
· Justify proposed research through scholarly and critical discussion.
The unit will be taught through workshops that are organized into a series of topics corresponding loosely to significant dimensions of research process. They allow learners to contemplate and respond to specific aspect of research as they work towards their final product.
Students are strongly encouraged to be proactive. They will be given opportunities to actively share their reflections as they emerge. Students will be involved in peer feedback where they work together towards developing their individual research projects.
· Scoping a research project (25%)
· Depth Paper (25%)
· Research Proposal (50%)
- Teacher: Prof. Mana Prasad Wagley