The route seeks to introduce teachers into the debates and ideas surrounding the development of teachers as researchers: to understand international and national policy and practices, engage with examples of teacher research in schools in the UK and beyond and to take part in their own school based research activities. Teachers will take part in a research methods course which will support their research activities and develop knowledge in this area.
This central aim can be broken down into eight component objectives.
The objectives of the route are to enable students to:
By the end of the programme, students will have:
Students wishing to continue from the PGCEM to PhD or EdD are required to achieve a mark of 70 or higher for the thesis.
The Researching Practice MEd is offered as a blended learning route. This means that the route will be offered online via a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). You will therefore take part in teaching sessions via Moodle VLE (held on either a Tuesday or Thursday between 5 - 7pm you will be asked to choose your preferred day). Preparation for these teaching sessions will be via the course materials on the Researching Practice Moodle site. Weekly Faculty attendance will therefore not be necessary. You will be required to attend 5 Saturday conferences per year. The conferences will be an opportunity to develop and enhance the ideas you explore via the online component.
You will be allocated a personal supervisor and be entitled to the normal hours of supervision; but you might choose to have supervisions via email, Skype and telephone, as well as face to face.
You will be required to attend five Saturday conferences each year: two in Michaelmas Term, two in Lent and one in Easter term. Confirmed conferences dates are as follows:
You will also be part of an online learning group, with an allocated tutor who will be working with you and your group on the course materials and course online discussions on a weekly basis. These online discussions, which will reflect both course content and small research tasks which you will be asked to undertake, take place on Tuesdays/Thursdays in term times and will be held between 5-7pm. You are required to be available to take part in these.
Additionally you will have a supervisor to support you with writing your thesis. Supervisions (online and face to face) are at times arranged by negotiation between yourself and your supervisor.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
IMPORTANT: This course is only open to students who have completed the PGCE at the Faculty of Education. PGCEM applicants are NOT required to submit transcripts or references.