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Learning about research methods: A case study

Gascoine, L.; Mazzoli Smith, L.



M. Pulsford

R. Morris

R. Purves


This chapter focusses on the pedagogy of teaching a research methods module in an undergraduate education studies programme. It presents a case study of a module that has been designed and taught with student-centred pedagogy in mind, underpinned by meaningful exploration of constructivist learning. This case study illustrates how this has been achieved by scaffolding key concepts and facilitating an understanding of content within a wider pragmatist orientation to knowledge and truth. The examples given demonstrate how pragmatism is ideally suited to supporting student understanding of research methods. The chapter draws on material from the module, and reflects on pedagogy, assessment, and student learning. This chapter aims to prompt readers to reflect on their own experiences of learning research methods, including in the development of their own research ideas, and to support their ongoing studies in this area.


Gascoine, L., & Mazzoli Smith, L. (2023). Learning about research methods: A case study. In M. Pulsford, R. Morris, & R. Purves (Eds.), Understanding Education Studies: Critical Issues and New Directions. Routledge.

Online Publication Date May 31, 2023
Publication Date 2023
Deposit Date Apr 17, 2023
Publicly Available Date Dec 1, 2024
Publisher Routledge
Series Title The Routledge Education Studies Series
Edition 1st Edition
Book Title Understanding Education Studies: Critical Issues and New Directions
Chapter Number 11
ISBN 9781003296935
Public URL