Introduction to Educational Research Professional Project Learning Objectives 1. Refine and finalise a relevant and feasible topic and research question 2. Design and plan an appropriate research strategy to address a relevant educational research question 3. Undertake systematic search and review of relevant published theoretical and research-based literature relating to the professional project 4. Collect, analyse and synthesise relevant data 5. Present research results in a critical fashion 6. Present and justify conclusions, implications and, where appropriate, recommendations Educational Research Professional Project (100%) This is a substantial piece of written work of 10,000-12,000 words (excluding the bibliography and a modest number of endnotes and essential appendices). The Professional Project must provide a clear link to important and interesting practitioner topics. A range of approaches may be adopted, but it is likely that most students will use a combination of published literature and primary research. Chapter 1: – This will include the background of the study, statement of the problem, the purpose of the study, research questions, significance of the study and the limitations of the study. This chapter puts the study into perspective. It describes the background to the problem, clearly what specific issues; questions or problem the researcher wants to investigate. When writing the introduction, put yourself in your reader’s position – would you continue reading? • Introduction, Context, Research Objectives (10%) 1000 word Chapter 2: This chapter presents relevant literature in relation to your research topic. Here you have to develop a structured literature of thematic issues that has been researched into by other researchers and how these studies have informed your work.