Education Research That Matters: Ways of Researching

Online Course

Future Learn
Education Research That Matters: Ways of Researching

What is the course about?

Education Research That Matters: Ways of Researching
The course Education Research That Matters: Ways of Researching is an online class provided by University of Birmingham through Future Learn. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Discover research methods in education and how they can benefit the way you teach on this course, ideal for CPD.
Course description
  • Learn about key education research methods and how to use them
  • 4 weeks
  • Connecting insights from existing research to practice and building on this to design realistic and high-quality research projects can be challenging. Understanding research methods is crucial to making this simpler.
  • On this course, you’ll get a grounding in the key research methods used in education research and consider the benefits and pitfalls of different methods.
  • You’ll engage critically with research methods that will help you to be better informed when reading research and better able to select the best methods to use when designing research in your own setting.
  • Week 1. Qualitative and action research – doing education research with teachers and children.
  • Week 2. Quantitative methods and statistical analysis – interrogate school performance.
  • Week 3. Research synthesis and review – using different approaches synthesis and review to support evidence-based practice.
  • Week 4. Mixed methods and interdisciplinary research – engaging with the ‘Science of Learning’.
  • Understand the range of research methods that might be useful in researching education
  • Understand qualitative approaches and action research with children and teachers inside learning settings
  • Understand quantitative approaches and statistical methods in the context of school performance measures
  • Understand techniques for synthesis and review of research reports with a focus on evidence-based policy and practice
  • Understand mixed methods and interdisciplinary research drawing on new work on the ‘science of learning’
  • This course is for teachers working in early years, primary, secondary and further education settings. It would also be of interest to other education professionals.
  • University of Birmingham
  • The University of Birmingham is a public research university, consistently listed as a leading UK university and ranked among the top 100 in the world.
  • Chartered College of Teaching
  • The Chartered College of Teaching is the professional body for teaching in England. Since launching in 2017, it has been working to connect, inform and inspire teachers.

Prerequisites & Facts

Education Research That Matters: Ways of Researching

Course Topic

Study Skills, Teaching

University, College, Institution

University of Birmingham

Course Skill Level

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Place of class

Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



Degree & Cost

Education Research That Matters: Ways of Researching

To obtain a verified certificate from Future Learn / University of Birmingham you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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