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SPED3002/1 Research methods and situated transformative action research


Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have demonstrated:

Knowledge and understanding:

  •   A critical understanding of Research methodologies, and their applicability in different contexts
  •   A comprehensive understanding of the importance of ethics in undertaking research
  •   A comprehensive understanding of the range of tools and techniques available for research, and their associated benefits and limitations


Skills and abilities:

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  •   Engage in critical reflection of methodological approaches and the appropriateness of their use and value in different contexts [reflect]
  •   Demonstrate the ability to apply relevant   research methods in a robust, professional and meaningful way [perform]

General competences (transferable skills):

At the end of the course students will be have   gained the following general competences:

  •   Research skill and knowledge requirements for   research
  •   The ability to write a written report for   research


This course will provide students with a knowledge and experience in research methods and their applicability within a practical context. Special emphasis will be placed upon situated transformative action research methods.

The course seeks to integrate the theoretical perspectives on special needs education and the tools and techniques necessary for research into professional performance.

Students will be challenged to develop alternative methods of research. [can take experiences and theorise them and take practical experiences and research them]

Arbeids- og undervisningsformer

  • Lectures and seminars in Lillehammer.
  • Three on-line group seminars.
  • Three learning sets in home country (4-6 participants).
  • Independent study (reading and personal self-reflection).

This course will be taught in Ruskin Mill (UK) and Lillehammer (Norway).

The examination will take place at Lillehammer (Norway).

Obligatoriske krav som må være godkjent før eksamen kan avlegges

75% attendance

Participation in three learning set

Participation in three on-line seminar

Hand in bibliography of self-selected reading


  • Assessment 1 50% Written essay on the benefits and limitations of a range of research methodologies – in respect of their relevance to special needs education (5,000 words)


  • Assessment 2  50% Written critical reflection of the method that they propose to use in their MA Thesis. [October] 5,000 words