Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Research and Scholarship for the Development of Subject Specialist Expertise (Level 5)

Course summary

Course code: TEAC1140
Level: 5
Credits: 30
School: Education and Health
Department: Secondary Ed, LLTE and PEandSport
Course Coordinator(s): Gordon Ade-Ojo / Cecilia Mckelvey



To enable trainees to:
Develop an awareness of the importance of research in their professional development and practice.
Develop knowledge and understanding of the role of research in the subject specialist areas.
Engage with the use of different approaches to collecting and analysing data used in research in their specialist areas.

Learning outcomes

On completing this course successfully, trainees will be able to:
• Demonstrate an understanding of key principles and practice of research
• Investigate evidence-based practice in subject specialism
• Carry out small scale research projects independently or within groups
• Carry out the review of existing research
• Work both collaboratively and independently to interpret research findings.

Indicative content

• The nature of a subject specialism
• Research paradigms and approaches
• Methods of data collection
• Methods of data analysis
• Evidence based research
• Referencing systems
• Writing research report
• Critical review
• Subject-specific research approaches
• Awareness / Knowledge of contemporary issues in Education and Training.
• Work within an Action Learning Set to review research findings in subject specialism.

Teaching and learning activity

Interactive seminars
Peer learning
Guided independent learning activities
Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle)
Portfolio development


Research Analysis and Report - 100% weighting, Pass / Fail. 3000 words.

Outline Details -
The content and word count of these tasks are indicative. Specifics may be adjusted in accordance with the demands of external benchmarks and requirements, should they change.
Task 1:
Analysis of methods and findings, and identification of implications, of a published source related to trainees’ subject specialisms (1000 words)

Task 2:
Practical research activity, with justification, analysis and evaluation of the research methodology to be employed. (2000 words)

Trainees on the PGCE Literacy and/or ESOL specialist programme must focus their presentation and research on an area of language and literacy development.
Trainees on the PGCE Numeracy specialist programme must focus their presentation and research on an area of numeracy development.

Students are required to pass all components in order to pass the course.