B. Ed Study (EDRS3501)



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On this Page:

1. What is the B.Ed. Study
2. When is the B.Ed. Study Done
3. Choosing a Topic for the B.Ed. Study
4. Some Considerations for Planning and Conducting your Study
5. Reporting your Research
6. About the Research Report
7. Some General Advice
8. Plagiarism
9. Submitting your Research Paper


The B.Ed. Study, is a piece of research planned, executed and reported by each student registered in the Bachelor of Education degree programme.

Each student is assigned a supervisor who provides assistance, advice and support. However, it must be stressed that the work produced should be done by the student.


The B. Ed. Study is a Level III course, done over the TWO (2) semesters of the academic year. Students should register for this course in both semesters of their final year of the programme.

During the first semester, students should engage in activities such as:

· Prepare a proposal for the study
· Present the proposal to the faculty and their peers
· Work on the literature review and methodology sections
· Select or construct relevant data collection tools
During the second semester students should AT LEAST be ready to

  • Engage in data collection activities
  • Compile collected data in an appropriate manner
  • Analyse the data
  • Write the research report.
A Guiding Schedule for Completing the B.Ed. Study
Submission of Research Topic September 28, 2018
Presentation of Research Proposal to Faculty and Peers (large or small groups) October 12, 2018
Reviewing and/or Revising Proposal End of October, 2018
Literature Review, Methodology & Instruments (Students should have a draft of the first three chapters/sections by the end of Semester 1.) November -December, 2018

Students should have a draft of the first three chapters/sections by the end of semester I.



Completion of Data Collection  Mid- February, 2019
Completion of Chapters 4 & 5 based on Analysis of Data Collected End of March, 2019
First Draft of Paper Mid - April, 2019
Revisions towards Submission of FINAL Paper Last TWO (2) Weeks
in April , 2019
Submission of FINAL paper Friday, May 3rd, 2019
by 4:30 pm 



The topic selected for the study should be related to the particular area of concentration being followed. For example, students doing a concentration in Language and Literacy should select a topic related to this area.

When selecting a topic, bear in mind

  • Your OWN interests and capabilities;
  • The availability of other skills and competencies which you may not have but may need should you choose a particular topic;
  • The TIME available for data collection;
  • The DEADLINE for submission.

Choose a research project that can be done within the time available to you. Also remember that the topic should be worthwhile and researchable.

This is a TWO SEMESTER course.
Students who make no progress in the first semester may NOT
be allowed to register for the second semester.



  • Do not make the topic so broad that it is unfocussed and unmanageable.
  • Do not make the topic so narrow that it is trivial.
  • Remember that a good problem statement helps to focus your research. Review information on how to write a good problem statement.
  • Locating relevant literature is important. Plan and execute literature searches using all the resources available to you.
  • Do not overlook the online databases available on the Cave Hill Campus Main Library’s website. Make a list of appropriate keywords that can be used for online searches.  Spending time browsing through the journals in the library can also be useful.
  • Identifying appropriate source of data (people or other sources) is vital. Select samples with care.
  • Think carefully about the data collection tools needed to collect relevant data. Remember, if your tools are invalid and/or unreliable, the validity of your research can be threatened.
  • Think through how you are going to collect data: the procedure. Remember that schools have scheduled events that must be factored into this (e.g. sporting events; special days; holidays; examination periods). Do not wait until the last minute to attempt to collect data.
  • Ethics should guide what you do while conducting your research. Remember: DO NO HARM!


Writing a research report takes time and effort. You should make a careful plan of the paper. The general format of the research report consists of SEVEN (7) chapters/sections. These are:

1. Introduction
2. Review of Literature
3. Methodology
4. Findings/Results
5. Discussion/Conclusions/ Recommendations
6. List of References (using the APA style)
7. Appendices

Appendix A provides a comprehensive outline of the format of the research report.


There are some other important details that you should note about The B. Ed. Study.

  • The B.Ed. Study has a limit of 8,000 to 10,000 words.
  • You should not exceed the upper limit of 10,000 words. Overly long reports will be penalised.
  • The study should be typewritten and printed on 81/2” x 11” (letter-size) paper of a good quality.
  • The body of the text should have 1½ or double line spacing (lengthy quotations, footnotes or endnotes and bilbliography may be typed single spaced).
  • Text in a plain serif (e.g. times roman should be printed on only ONE side of each sheet of paper.


  • Do not be timid about seeking help and advice from your supervisor. However, do not become overly dependent on him or her either. Take control of your research. Make decisions when necessary and be prepared to defend your decisions in your paper.
  • Try not to miss scheduled appointments with your supervisor. If you cannot keep an appointment, CALL or send an email message.
  • Do not expect your supervisor to read your work each time you make changes.
  • Try to have a complete draft of your research paper at least TWO weeks before the deadline for submission. This gives you time to edit your writing.
  • Pay attention to features such as grammar, spelling and the general structure of your language. Poor mechanics detract from content.
  • Do not expect your supervisor to correct your grammatical errors. That is your responsibility. If you finish a draft well ahead of time, you can ask someone (e.g. a colleague or some other trusted individual) to check your paper for errors.

Pay attention to referencing style. The School of Education subscribes to the APA (American Psychological Association) Style. Consult a · manual for conventions for in-text citations and compilation of a list of references.


Plagiarism is a serious offence and may result in disqualification from the course. (Please see also University Examinations Regulations 97 and 103.)

Failure to acknowledge your sources or imprecise documentation can  result in invalid research or in plagiarism. Ideas are considered to belong to the person who first  documents them; therefore, if you incorporate ideas or phrasing from an author in your work, whether quoted directly or used indirectly, you should be honest about your sources and indicate them fully. If you fail to do this you are guilty of plagiarism.
The University regulations on  plagiarism state:


“Plagiarism” means the unacknowledged and unjustified use of  the words, ideas or creations of another, including unjustified  unacknowledged  quotation and unjustified unattributed  borrowing;

“Level 1 plagiarism” means plagiarism which does not meet  the Definition of Level 2 plagiarism; “Level 2 plagiarism” means plagiarism undertaken with the intention of passing off  as original work by the  plagiariser work done by another  person or persons.
When a student submits for examination work, the student  shall sign a statement, in such form as the Campus Registrar  may prescribe, that as far as possible the work submitted is  free of plagiarism including unattributed quotation or  paraphrase of the work of another except where justified. In  work submitted for examination where the Examiner is  satisfied that Level 1 plagiarism has been committed, he shall  levy a penalty for the Level 1 plagiarism charge d in the form  of a reduction in the marks which would have otherwise  been awarded.
Where an examiner has evidence of Level 2 plagiarism in the  material being examined, that examiner must report it to the  Head of Department or the Dean and may at any time  provide the Registrar with a copy of that report. Where a  Dean or Head of Department receives a report, the Dean or  Head of Department, as the case may be, shall where in  concurrence with the report’s identification of evidence of  Level 2 plagiarism, report the matter to the Campus  Registrar. A student found guilty of Level 2 plagiarism may  be disqualified from the relevant  course, or excluded from all  examinations of the University for a specified period or  dismissed from the University.

The full UWI Plagiarism Policy may be accessed at



  • B.Ed. students should submit TWO (2) copies of the research paper
  • The Paper should be submitted at the office of the School of Education or the relevant office at your institution, by 4.30 p.m. on the submission date.
  • Submitted copies should be bound appropriately (e.g. spiral bound)
  • Remember to collect your receipt on submission.


Faculty of Humanities and Education
Telephone: (246) 417-4385/87 Fax: (246) 424-0634 E-mail: humanities@cavehill.uwi.edu