Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Research Project in Maltese as a Foreign Language

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Languages and Humanities Education

DESCRIPTION The students are expected to plan, design and conduct a small research project that will enable them to further explore the area they are investigating. The outcomes of the research are then presented in a manner (textual or other form) that allows the student-teacher to engage in a reflective and critical discussion of the application of their research to their own personal and professional development. The research project can take place in the classroom, or take any other form that is relevant to the development of pedagogy in MFL.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit enables the students to plan, design and carry out a small independent research project on an educational issue that is of direct relevance to MFL. Through tutorials, the project supervisors will support the development of the students' skills of inquiry and reflection. This study-unit encourages the use of research to enhance the relation between theory and practice.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Develop a research question, theme or hypothesis;
2. Explore the research question/ theme either by testing it in practice or through a bibliographic search;
3. Critically appraise various research methodologies;
4. Critically reflect on a research area in order to improve classroom practice.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. Identify a research topic that demonstrates a critical understanding of the theoretical perspectivess in the chosen area of study;
2. Write a focused, critical review of literature related to the chosen area of study;
3. Produce a research project that links theory with practice.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts

- Rowell, L. et al. (2017) The Palgrave Interntional Handbook of Action Research. Springer ebooks. (available online)
- Silverman, D. (2014) Interpreting Qualitative Data. London: Sage.
- Wener-Burke, N. (2014) Revamping the classroom research project. Educational Leadership, 71, 7: 40-44. (available online)

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Project and Tutorials

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Project SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Antoinette Camilleri Grima

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