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write a dissertation research proposal outlining research aims, research design and methodology, consideration of ethical issues with completed ethics checklist and containing an indicative reference list

The working title is ‘The working title is ‘An exploration of children’s experiences of assessments at Upper KS2 at a London private
school’.
The 3 aims are:
1- To identify whether, at a London primary school, at UKS2, children’s voice is listened to by teachers.
2- To explore the extent to which teachers at a private London primary school involve children, in Years 5 and 6,
with class assessments.
3- To analyse the findings and use its implication for the teaching profession in a primary setting.
Questions will be asked of Years 5 and 6 pupils as well as teachers in these year groups.
Classes are of 15 children.
School is a small London primary , private school.
Will have a google doc to answer so anonymous and thus children can be as honest as they want to be.
There will also be interviews with focus groups of children and grouped by ability ie Higher, Middle and Low –
same questions will be asked and answers compared with those on google form.
NOTES:
Students will write a dissertation research proposal outlining research aims, research design and methodology,
consideration of ethical issues with completed ethics checklist and containing an indicative reference list (3,000
words).
The purpose of a research proposal is to help you clarify your thoughts about your planned research and to
formulate a coherent framework for the collection and analysis of data. You must ensure that the research is
feasible and achievable and write a structured and succinct account of your intentions.
Your proposal needs to contain the following elements:
Introduction
• Introduce topic and proposed research question/hypothesis and why it is important.
Background
• Explain what you plan to research; give background information to contextualise information for the
uninformed reader;
• Develop hypothesis and/or key questions into research aims;
• Acknowledge any limitations/constraints;
• Clarify to what use the research will be put.
Short Literature Review
• This should indicate how reading has informed your thinking and understanding of the selected research topic;
• Explain how the literature has helped you to formulate the key questions/hypothesis;
• Make active use of contemporary as well as more seminal publications and good use of electronic journals.
Research Methodology and methods
• Briefly explore the research paradigm you are using with links to literature;
• Concentrate discussion on the research methodology you have selected e.g. case study. Give reasons for
selecting this methodology and why it is the best fit for your hypothesis /question. Identify potential research
population giving details of research sample and sampling criteria;
• Contemplate how will you gain access to necessary data;
• State whether or not you are planning to undertake a pilot study and why/why not, with whom etc.
• Explain and justify with links to the literature the methods you are going to use.
Ethics
• Explain key ethical issues for your study
Data Analysis
• Explain how you plan to analyse the data, e.g. the use of content analysis, coding frames, observation grids;
• If you plan to use a computer program with the analysis, tell the reader which program and why;
• Identify how you will attempt to establish validity and reliability of results as relevant to your paradigm, will
you be able to triangulate the results?
Reference List
• Must be completed using the APA (edition 7) referencing system. See the APA guidance at
http://www.referencing.port.ac.uk/ and your Course Handbook;
• Note there are now referencing penalties included in the marking scheme – see Course Handbook;
• Should start the Reference List on the new page.
The 3 aims are:
1- To identify whether, at a London primary school, at UKS2, children’s voice is listened to by teachers.
2- To explore the extent to which teachers at a private London primary school involve children, in Years 5 and 6,
with class assessments.
3- To analyse the findings and use its implication for the teaching profession in a primary setting.
Questions will be asked of Years 5 and 6 pupils as well as teachers in these year groups.
Classes are of 15 children.
School is a small London primary , private school.
Will have a google doc to answer so anonymous and thus children can be as honest as they want to be.
There will also be interviews with focus groups of children and grouped by ability ie Higher, Middle and Low –
same questions will be asked and answers compared with those on google form.
NOTES:
Students will write a dissertation research proposal outlining research aims, research design and methodology,
consideration of ethical issues with completed ethics checklist and containing an indicative reference list (3,000
words).
The purpose of a research proposal is to help you clarify your thoughts about your planned research and to
formulate a coherent framework for the collection and analysis of data. You must ensure that the research is
feasible and achievable and write a structured and succinct account of your intentions.
Your proposal needs to contain the following elements:
Introduction
• Introduce topic and proposed research question/hypothesis and why it is important.
Background
• Explain what you plan to research; give background information to contextualise information for the
uninformed reader;
• Develop hypothesis and/or key questions into research aims;
• Acknowledge any limitations/constraints;
• Clarify to what use the research will be put.
Short Literature Review
• This should indicate how reading has informed your thinking and understanding of the selected research topic;
• Explain how the literature has helped you to formulate the key questions/hypothesis;
• Make active use of contemporary as well as more seminal publications and good use of electronic journals.
Research Methodology and methods
• Briefly explore the research paradigm you are using with links to literature;
• Concentrate discussion on the research methodology you have selected e.g. case study. Give reasons for
selecting this methodology and why it is the best fit for your hypothesis /question. Identify potential research
population giving details of research sample and sampling criteria;
• Contemplate how will you gain access to necessary data;
• State whether or not you are planning to undertake a pilot study and why/why not, with whom etc.
• Explain and justify with links to the literature the methods you are going to use.
Ethics
• Explain key ethical issues for your study
Data Analysis
• Explain how you plan to analyse the data, e.g. the use of content analysis, coding frames, observation grids;
• If you plan to use a computer program with the analysis, tell the reader which program and why;
• Identify how you will attempt to establish validity and reliability of results as relevant to your paradigm, will
you be able to triangulate the results?
Reference List
• Must be completed using the APA (edition 7) referencing system. See the APA guidance at
http://www.referencing.port.ac.uk/ and your Course Handbook;
• Note there are now referencing penalties included in the marking scheme – see Course Handbook;
• Should start the Reference List on the new page.

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