This course will help you develop your own high standards of research that can be applied to a range of professional and managerial careers. You can study from anywhere at any time and share experiences with fellow students during the study weekends in Sheffield.
The Sheffield EdD is a vibrant and successful distance learning programme which attracts students from all over the world. The programme is based on a structure of study weekends, so you can study from anywhere at any time and also share experiences with fellow students at the weekend study schools in Sheffield.
The main aim of the programme is that students develop their own high standards of research that will be relevant to a range of professional and managerial careers.
The EdD is divided into two Parts; Part 1 is the taught element of the course and runs over two years while Part 2 is the research component. In Part 1 students undertake modules which focus on research training in preparation for Part 2. In Part 2 students undertake an independent study in an area of their choice, under the supervision of their own personal supervisor.
Being and Becoming a Researcher
This module provides an introduction to the programme, to educational research and to developing a professional identity as a researcher. Areas considered will include: how educational research has been conceptualised; its nature and character; its relationship to politics, policy, culture and society; its past, present and future aims and purposes; how educational research articulates with research in other disciplines; and what it feels like to do research through conducting a small-scale study. The focus will be on research as a philosophical, moral, and ethical endeavour, requiring students to reflect critically on their positioning in their own context and area of interest.
Curriculum and Pedagogy
Curriculum and pedagogy form discursive mechanisms by which knowledge is selected and communicated through schooling and other educational institutions. This module interrogates these mechanisms by posing questions about what they are, how they are related, the selection of knowledge they communicate, the practices used for communication and the groups of people they benefit and disadvantage. Students will apply analytic frameworks to interrogate current curricula and pedagogical practices in their own professional settings and wider international contexts. The module asks: are ‘critical’ curricula and pedagogical developments possible in education as a field of practice in the context of globalisation and neoliberalism?
Critical Issues in Contemporary Education
This module will introduce students to a range of critical issues in contemporary education including the aims and purpose of education, social inequality, questions of class, race and gender as well as new technologies. In addition, we will examine a number of key theoretical and methodological frameworks including critical race theory, historical analysis and constructivism as ways to approach and think about these issues.
Education Research: Theory and Practice
This module will enable students to critically engage with interdisciplinary education research theory and practice; methods and methodologies. Students will have the opportunity to develop and apply knowledge and understanding of their own researcher positionality by conducting individual, paired and group research activities which they will present and reflect on in an assessed portfolio. The portfolio will include reflective accounts of processes of data collection and analysis, ethical consent and dissemination activity. Students will also be supported in drawing on these broader experiences in devising their own research proposal for progression to Part Two of the programme.
In part two, following induction, students undertake their own independent research and this is facilitated through collaborative, collegial relationships, including both cohort and individual supervision.
Students will be invited to become members of at least one Research Cluster or network in the School of Education and encouraged to take an active role in their related activities such as conferences, seminar series and readings groups, in order to develop expertise in their chosen field of study and raise or establish their own national and international research profiles.
The weekend study schools are held in Sheffield and are a rewarding feature of the programme. You'll have the chance to take part in lectures, workshops, seminars and group and individual tutorials. You will also benefit from networking opportunities with fellow students.
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