QF5050 Special Project Plan

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SPECIAL PROJECT

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the Special Project module. This module will give you the opportunity to identify and engage in a small-scale study that is of interest to you. You will be able to extend your professional development in a chosen area of practice in the Early Years or Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Practice sector. The module enables you to be independent in initiating a systematic enquiry, which you will critically reflect upon. The study may lead you to initiate change that may improve educational experiences of young children and their families. 

MODULE AIMS

  • To build on knowledge of theory and practice acquired in previous modules, in order to locate and evaluate relevant concepts and theoretical and practical experiences which will consolidate and enhance understanding of teaching and learning in the field of Early Years / Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Practice
  • To enable students to critically and systematically examine a range of appropriate experiences, data and source materials gathered in previous modules in order to generate philosophical and professional perspectives
  • To enable students to demonstrate awareness of ethical considerations, protocols and procedures in educational inquiry

MODULE LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  • have a systematic knowledge and understanding of enquiry including the ability to contextualise arguments within personal, professional and theoretical frameworks;
  • use appropriate techniques of enquiry, analysis and evaluation confidently and accurately to explore a teaching and learning issue in order to generate and communicate findings;
  • demonstrate personal responsibility for maintaining sensitivity in the acquisition and analysis of data within professional codes of conduct, including guidelines and procedures for ethical considerations when working with children/young people and their families;
  • make recommendations that may improve practice in their settings whilst acknowledging the limitations of their study.

TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGIES

This module will be delivered through a variety of learning experiences, which will include weekly engagement with your module tutors. You will have two Introductory lectures hosted by the university in advance of this Module. The first will be on the 3rd February 2024 and the second will be on the 9th March 2024. These will provide you with the underpinning knowledge of research methodology, methods and ethical frameworks. This session will be held at the Kingston University, Kingston Hill Campus and all students are required to attend these mandatory sessions. Lecture room details and timings will be posted on Canvas.

You will explore data collection and analysis and how you interpret this to inform practice and make recommendations. There is an expectation that you will build on this through your own reading and research, discussion with peers and colleagues and critical reflection of the subject matter. We strongly encourage you to have frequent discussions with peers who can act as critical friends to support you on your journey within this module.

You will be supported to identify a relevant area for your project through tutor and peer support. This will inform your special project plan (500 words) which you will discuss with your tutor while it is in draft form and ultimately submit as an appendix to your Special Project. Please use the appended form for your Research Proposal.

Your contribution in all aspects of this module is important for both your own learning and that of your fellow students.  By engaging with online and/or face to face lectures, seminars, workshops, discussions and wider reading you will enhance your learning experience.

Please note that you are expected to attend the two Research Teaching days hosted by Kingston University on Saturday, 3rd of February and Saturday, 9th of March 2024 at Kingston University, Kingston Hill Campus.

ASSIGNMENT BRIEF

You will be required to undertake a Special Project in order to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research methodology, ethical considerations, data collection and data analysis which leads to appropriate conclusions.

You will be expected to produce a plan (500 words) using the form attached to this Module Guide that will outline the rationale for the project, the methods of data collection, ethical considerations and the proposed timeline for completion and proposed data analysis method. This should be approved by your tutor by the second teaching week of the module.  Please refer to Appendix One for a suggested format for presenting the 500-word plan. The reference list for the plan should be combined with the Special Project References List. This should be attached behind the Special Project. 

The enquiry (4,000 words) will be written in sections that will include:

  • An introduction, which includes the rationale for the project underpinned by literature.
  • Methodology and methods to be used for data collection, which are supported with relevant literature.
  • Data Analysis and Findings reinforced by literature where appropriate.
  • Reflections and Conclusions
  • References (combined list)

The enquiry will include relevant literature and critical reflection throughout. These are skills that have been developed in previous modules. Key aspects of the enquiry will be explored and examined in discussions which may take place in a variety of ways as the enquiry progresses.

Ethics

It is essential that all research plans (500 words) should be discussed an approved by your tutors by the second week of the module block.  In addition, ethical consent for the research project and the participants involved should be approved and signed off by your tutor prior to data collection and/or your Methodology Chapter.  If you are involving parents or if children are involved in the research then signed ethical consent letters should also be shown to tutors in advance of observations, interviews or any other form of data collection.  In the event practitioners are involved in the study then their signed consent should also be shown to tutors prior to data collection.  It is also essential to get the Gatekeeper’s written consent where appropriate.

You should maintain an encrypted electronic folder of all the ethical approvals. All raw data that have been collected for your special project should also be scanned and emailed to your tutors.  Your tutors will provide you with further information of how this should be done. Throughout your project it is essential that you maintain close contact with your tutors.

Submission-Online

Please collate the documents below for online submission

  • Self-Review
  • Front Cover clearly stating the title of the Special Project, Student Number, Module Title and Code and the College/Institution Name.
  • Acknowledgements (not compulsory)
  • Content/Index Page
  • Special Project (4000 words)
  • Research Plan (500 words)
  • Combined Reference List

Note: Please do not submit any appendices with your special project.

Please ensure that you use the Harvard referencing style throughout your work.

ASSIGNMENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

It is a requirement that both components for this assignment achieve a pass grade.

LEARNING OUTCOME

On completion of the module, students will be able to:

ASSESSMENT STRATEGY
1) have a systematic knowledge and understanding of enquiry including the ability to contextualise arguments within personal, professional and theoretical frameworks; Formative Assessment - Peer Support Group Meetings (rotational Chair)

Summative Assessment - Enquiry Project

2) use confidently and accurately appropriate techniques of enquiry, analysis and evaluation to explore a teaching and learning issue in order to generate and communicate findings; Summative Assessment - Enquiry Project
3) demonstrate personal responsibility for maintaining sensitivity in the acquisition and analysis of data within professional codes of conduct, including guidelines and procedures for ethical considerations when working with children and their families; Summative Assessment - Enquiry Project
4) make recommendations that may improve practice in their settings whilst acknowledging the limitations of their study. Summative Assessment - Enquiry Project

 PLEASE NOTE: When your assignment is returned to you it will state a provisional grade from the marker(s). This grade is subject to confirmation by the University’s Programme Assessment Board (PAB) that will confirm your grades in July 2024.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Core Text(s) 

Bell, J. (2018) Doing Your Research Project. 7th edn. Buckingham: Open University Press. 

Roberts-Holmes, G. (2018) Doing your early years research project: a step-by-step guide. 4th edn. London: SAGE 

Recommended Reading: 

Arnott, L. and Wall, K. (2021) Research through play : participatory methods in early childhood. London: SAGE.

Bolshaw, P. and Josephidou, J. (2019) Introducing research in early childhood. London: SAGE.

Carter, C. (2018) Successful dissertations : the complete guide for education, childhood and early childhood studies students. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

File, N. et al. (2016) Understanding research in early childhood education : quantitative and qualitative methods. London: Routledge.

Halpenny, A.M. (2021) Capturing children's meanings in early childhood research and practice : a practical guide. London: Routledge.

Ince, A. and Kitto, E. (2020) A practical guide to action research and teacher enquiry: making a difference in the early years. London: Routledge.

Mukherji, P. and Albon, D. (2018) Research methods in early childhood : an introductory guide. 3rd edn. Lndon: SAGE.

Nutbrown, C. (2018) Early childhood educational research : international perspectives. London: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Palaiologou, I., Needham, D. and Male, T. (2016) Doing Research in Education. Theory and Practice. London: SAGE.

Appendix 1-Research Proposal Plan

Special Project Plan-500 words

  1. Proposed Title of the Small-Scale Study
  1. Rationale for the proposed Small-Scale Study
Timeline for the Research Details Who is involved? /What steps need to be taken?
  1. Week Beginning the XX/03
Speak to Manager about Small-Scale study and get verbal approval
  • Researcher and Manager
  • Book an appointment with the Manager.
  Draft Information Sheet and Ethical Consent Form for tutor’s approval
  • Researcher and Tutor
  • Arrange with tutor the best method and time to send the documents over for approval
  Get the Gatekeeper’s Letter and finalised Ethical Consent Form approved/signed by Manager
  • Researcher and Manager
  1. Week Beginning the XX/03
Speak to parents about the children’s involvement in the small-scale study  
  Send out Consent forms to parents concerned  
  Carry out appropriate ways of communicating the small-scale study  
Ethical Considerations:
Methodology and Methods for Data Collection:
Proposed Data Collection Methods:

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