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.

 

Teaching Approaches

 

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. 

 

Assignments

 

·        Scoping a research project (25%)

·        Depth Paper (25%)

·        Research Proposal (50%)