Mapping the Territory: Critical Concepts and Issues
This unit enables a critical exploration of theory and practice and the ways these inter-relate and extend each other, for practice. There is an emphasis on participants exploring (re-looking), analysing and reflecting on relevant theoretical, conceptual and contextual lenses and evidence salient for their own practice settings and professional priorities, to ask challenging questions, and make judgements about 'what is going on', where they sit, and how they might respond.
Typical content is shaped by students' own interests, and articulated in and for students' own practice and practice contexts.
Specialist Supported Enquiry: Inclusive Education and SEND
This unit supports you to undertake a reflective enquiry that has particular relevance to your practice. You will identify and explore significant themes, issues or points of tension in relation to your award, select a relevant focus for your enquiry, and the approach/tools/methods you will use. Enquiries might be desk, practice, or enquiry-based, but in all cases will enable you to develop and demonstrate specialist knowledge in your award area, through reflection and evaluation, as appropriate to your enquiry. The unit provides a useful introduction to the nature of knowledge, knowledge generation for practice and enquiry appropriate to your award area, and underpinning inter/disciplinary footprint.
Shaping the Future
This unit asks students to address critical challenges, tensions or contradictions, and professional dilemmas within their own practice, to think forward and develop possible ways of re-framing, re-imagining, or innovating for future practice. This provides opportunities to work at the leading edge (of thinking/practice) to rethink services or approaches/interventions, to plan forward and/or to consider specific changes and new innovations.
Research and Practice
The unit aims to develop a greater understanding of the relevance of research to professional practice. Students examine different approaches to conducting research, and their limitations and possibilities for generating knowledge in their own practice area. The unit also explores the ethical tensions and dilemma inherent in the research process, especially those particular to practitioner research. As part of the assessment of the unit, students produce a research proposal (that can be taken forward to final dissertation) to demonstrate understanding and capacity to carry out a coherent and credible small research project.
This unit is designed to support and facilitate students in planning, conducting and evaluating a significant, practical and coherent (practitioner) research project. Participants finalise a research proposal for approval and for ethical clearance, and will then undertake the research project. Whilst undertaking the project students are offered tutorial support, this constitutes a blend of group tutorials as well as individual supervision. The entire process is supported by a suite of online resources as well as on-site activities that are aimed at enriching the students' experience and improving the quality of the final dissertation.
The focus of the dissertation is self-selected. Students may choose to research any area of interest as long as it relates to the area of inclusive education and/or SEND. Whilst many MA students choose to conduct practitioner research projects, this is not a requirement of the course and alternative or innovative formats and approaches are encouraged. The terms and content of the dissertation are negotiable, with supervisors working closely alongside students to ensure that areas of personal professional and academic interest can be pursued in ways that satisfy the unit's assessment criteria.