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This module gives participants an understanding of the processes involved in undertaking research and provides a broad understanding of the research methodologies used in action research. This module also aims to prepare participants for planning a research proposal at Masters’ dissertation level based on research in a school setting or in an educational setting. The module will begin with an introduction to the research process, and will develop into an exploration of alternative approaches to research methods. Each stage of the research process will be examined: research design, ethics, literature review, research methodologies and data gathering techniques, data analysis, drawing conclusions and making recommendations. The module will also involve evaluating the benefits of primary and secondary data associated with qualitative and quantitative collection methods. Additionally, validity and rigour in action research will be investigated. By the end of the module, participants will have a thorough grasp of the principles and practicalities of how to conduct action research. Key documents will be submitted during the module timeframe for research approval in order that a research project can commence in Semester 2.