Full Title:Early Years Evidence Based Project
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:HLST N8160
Credits: 30
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This year-long module will equip students with meaningful research knowledge and skills, which are integral to leadership and management within the early years' sector. Students will actively engage in the research process by designing and conducting a relevant research study. The research studies undertaken by students will be of particular relevance to leadership and management within the early years. The student will be supported by a research supervisor for the duration of the module. Students will develop an appreciation of the value of practitioner research in the early years' sector and develop the skills to enable them to confidently engage with practitioner research beyond the module.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Appraise the various theoretical/conceptual frameworks and paradigms in early educational research.
  2. Evaluate the literature to develop a meaningful research question in the discipline of early years education with particular focus on leadership and management.
  3. Plan and design a study to address their research question demonstrating an understanding of the most appropriate research methodologies.
  4. Apply ethical principles in the design of this study.
  5. Gather and analyse data using appropriate techniques. Interpret findings and relate them to their research question.
  6. Construct a dissertation based on this work.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Research
Overview of research in early years' care and education and its importance; qualitative and quantitative research paradigms; the relationship between research question, methodology and analysis. Action research as a meaningful methodology in early years research.
Research Process
Reviewing the literature; developing a rationale; formulating a research question; drawing on appropriate methodology; developing a research proposal, collecting data and interpreting findings; writing up research.
Research Ethics
Ethical principles in research; ethics through the project's lifecycle; managing informed consent and assent, anonymity, confidentiality, the right of withdrawal; research with vulnerable groups especially working with children, managing risk.
Quantitative Methodologies and Analyses
Review of descriptive, correlational and experimental designs; surveys; observations, time and event sampling, checklists; sampling/ sample size. Review of descriptive statistics; basic inferential statistics (tests if associations, correlation, and chi-square); using SPSS to analyse data.
Qualitative Data Methodologies
Review of ethnography, phenomenology, qualitative descriptive designs; interviews, focus groups, and observations as data gathering tools; analysis of documents; consideration of qualitative methods for use with adults and children; managing data, transcribing; content analysis; thematic analysis as a foundational method.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Other Research Profile to include ethics application, research proposal, and the research dissertation. 1,2,3,4,5,6 100.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

This course has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lectures will be a combination of face to face and on-line delivery in Semester 1 and 2 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Lecturer Supervised Learning Research Supervision Semester 1 will equate to 2.5 throughout semester 2.50 13th Week 0.19
Lecturer Supervised Learning Research Supervision Semester 2 0.50 Every Week 0.50
Directed Reading No Description 166.00 Once per semester 11.07
Independent Study Active Research 166.00 Once per semester 11.07
Total Weekly Learner Workload 25.83
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.69
Recommended Book Resources
  • Martyn Denscombe 2010, The Good Research Guide. For small-scale social research projects, 4th Ed., McGraw-Hill Education/ Open University Press England [ISBN: 978 0 335 241]
  • Guy Roberts-Holmes 2018, Doing Your Early Years Research Project. A Step by Step Guide., 4th Ed., Sage Publishing [ISBN: 9781526424259]
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NNLME_8 BA (Hons) in Leadership and Management for the Early Years Sector 1 Mandatory