Award: 5 credits at level 9 towards 90 credit Master in Education (Leadership)
Duration: 05/11/2014 - 06/12/2014
Start Date: 05/11/2014 (Semester 1 part 2 – Masters programme only)

EDUC42040 Stats for Schools


The module addresses the essential need for school leaders to be highly proficient in the development of evidence to support decision-making for school policy formulation and professional judgments.  Participants will build on the work carried in the other research modules to explore the range and use data sources that can be used to support the work of school leaders. Critical to the substance and process in this module  will be the development of a critical understanding of the methods recommended for School Self Evaluation (SSE).

What will I study?

The module addresses the essential need for school leaders to be highly proficient in the development of evidence to support decision-making for school policy formulation and professional judgments.  Participants will build on the work carried in the other research modules to explore the range and use data sources that can be used to support the work of school leaders. Critical to the substance and process in this module  will be the development of a critical understanding of the methods recommended for School Self Evaluation (SSE).

How will I study?

This module will involve on campus and online components. It is envisaged that a number of key issues will be explored on line and these sessions will be followed by an on-campus practical workshop that will provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real-life, school based scenarios. All of this work will be explored and reinforced in follow up online tutorials.

Expected Commitment

The expected workload is as follows:

  • Attendance at seminars on campus 10 hours
  • Contribution to weekly online discussion forum 10 hours
  • Student Autonomous Learning (additional reading etc) 50 hours
  • Case study task – 20 hours
  • End of semester written assignment 30 hours

How will I be assessed?

Description

(Different assessment options are available – details will be provided at the start of the module)

% of Final Grade

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course I will be able to:

  1. Appraise and apply statistical methods to the generation of school data for the purpose of more informed, evidence based practice
  2. Evaluate the range of questions that school leaders need to ask of data for decision making
  3. Explore the qualitative data techniques that can be use in schools and how qualitative and quantitative data can be used to improve school development