CPD for Educational Research

A new series of CPD workshops, run by Educational Development, has been introduced this semester. The series aims to support staff who are interested in investigating learning and teaching practice.

The focus of the series is the development of participants’ skills and knowledge in educational/pedagogical research. These lunchtime workshops have proved very popular, with the first session, ‘Ethics in Educational Research’ being fully-booked. This seminar provided an opportunity for participants to consider some of the ethical issues that might arise in their research.

Colleagues in the University presented information on the process of applying for ethical approval, and shared their experiences of undertaking an educational study. Following the presentations, there was an opportunity for questions and discussion. A short video related to processes and procedures for ethical approval is available as well as a presentation on sharing practice. A recent introductory workshop on questionnaire and survey design for educational research was second in the series. It was a very useful session that aimed to show participants how to avoid common pitfalls in sampling and question design.

A few places are still available for the next workshop which takes place on 19 November. The topic is an introduction to quantitative data analysis in educational research. If you are interested in this session, please go to http://www.liv.ac.uk/cll/booking/ to book your place. The series will continue in the second semester, with a focus on qualitative research methods for educational studies. Please look out for further details in the University announcements, or contact me at Janis.mcintyre@liverpool.ac.uk if you would like to be added to our mailing list.

Janis McIntyre