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Welcome to RESINED, a collection of on-line materials that is intended to help you understand research methods in education and to undertake your own research project. 

RESINED is used most often by students from the International Masters Programme (IMP) who are undertaking their 'Research Methods' module (MERS501), prior to writing the proposal for their dissertation (and for those from University College Plymouth St. Mark and St. John undertaking the equivalent module there).

If you are undertaking one or other of these modules then you should click here to get details of what to do.

Guidance on completing the Dissertation Proposal for the MA (Education) using form MA(Ed)2 for UoP students may be downloaded from here.

The UCP Marjon handbook can be accessed from here.


However, RESINED is also relevant for you if you are:

For more general information about the University of Plymouth's International Masters Programme, go to:

For more information about the University College Plymouth (Marjon) MEd programme

click here


Please visit the RESINED components for information about research design, different approaches to education research, various methods of both data collection and data analysis. Note that you will find these components listed, for easy access, at the top of every page of RESINED. If you are studying these materials for the MERS501 module then you should start with the BEGINNING RESEARCH component.

Other research resources to complement RESINED

These materials are protected by copyright and may only be quoted from if due acknowledgment is made.  If you would like to include any of the content in a publication, whether on-line or otherwise, you must obtain permission from the author(s) concerned via Nick Pratt.


Originally developed by Professor Andrew Hannan.

RESINED is now led by Dr. Nick Pratt

A Hannan, Faculty of Education, University of Plymouth, 2008





OTHER RESOURCES (updated April 2010)

  • The TTTRB Newsletter: Spring 2008 is now available for download from the TTRB website at the following address:

The Teacher Training Resource Bank (TTRB) is a three-year project which aims to: make the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) professional knowledge base more easily accessible; reference effective practices in all subject areas and across phases; increase the quality and range of ITE resources available; raise the status of ITE research and knowledge; promote and effect change by supporting tested knowledge transfer and adoption strategies; provide a personalised support service for teacher educators and those training to teach.

  • Visit the recently launched online Research Methods resource centre:  The site has been set up to provide a source of information for anyone teaching, studying or working with Research Methods – including details on relevant books and journals, conferences, organizations, software, mailing lists etc.  It also provides free access to a journal ‘article of the month’ on the homepage, and it is planned to expand the site soon to include more interactive content, such as a research methods blog.

  • Have a look at the The Research Informed Practice Site (TRIPS) at  It offers easy access to essential research findings for teachers, governors, parents and all those who support them in the education of school age students.  If you would like to receive a monthly update on latest research including research for practice issues please email: - to see the latest newsletter please click here (Word 1.8 MB).

  • The Question Bank at has many examples of lists of questions used in structured interviews as well as what it calls 'self-completion questionnaires'.  It's a good place to look for examples, which you can normally use without worrying about copyright (although you will need to acknowledge the sources in the normal fashion).

  • Please click here to have a look at the self-completion questionnaire issued to a sample of school children aged 11-15 in 2006.  This comes from the Families and Children Study ( conducted by the National Centre for Social Research.  Note how the designers have done their best to produce a child-friendly form, complete with smiley faces!

  • Click here to read Tinkering with Transcriptions by Phil Bayliss, a very useful and interesting discussion about transcribing.

  • There are lots of software packages which facilitate content analysis of qualitative data (see  Weft QDA is a free qualitative analysis software application - 'an easy-to-use tool to assist in the analysis of textual data such as interview transcripts, written texts and fieldnotes', which can be downloaded from and NVivo are provided over the University of Plymouth server to all networked PCs.  If you can’t find these via Start > All Programs > Software M to O > N > N6 or NVivo 2 try installing via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Run Advertised Programs.  Copies of the CD-ROM for home installation can also be obtained via the University of Plymouth library (Media Services counter at Exmouth). 

  • Are you looking for ideas to inspire you with your own project or do you want to find other research on the same topic to which you can refer?  Information about Education Research Data Bases may be found by clicking here.

  • Have a look at V-ResORT, Virtual Resources for Online Research Training.  This is an fdtl5 project funded by HEFCE.  The focus of the project initially is Education Studies. The home page is at: and the project materials are at:  It looks pretty naff (unless you are a dog lover!), but some of the links are very good and you may find the video narratives useful.

  • IMPORTANT: This site was password-protected but has now become 'open' to the public. However, you will still need to type the username and password as before in order to gain access to some subject-to-copyright pdf documents.

  • SEARCH ENGINE: We now have a search mechanism provided by 'FreeFind' in the top right-hand corner of this page and on the home pages for each component.  When you conduct a search you will be provided with a results page with some adverts at the top with links to relevant RESINED pages underneath.  The RESINED links usually give some details of the location within the web-page.  However, once you click on the link provided you may need to use the search facility within your browser.  For PCs using Internet Explorer this works by holding down the 'Ctrl' key and hitting the 'F' key, typing in the word(s) you are looking for where it says 'Find what' and then clicking on 'Find Next'.

  • You can access the external IMP Education web site at:



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