DE300 Methods Day
This day is intended to support your understanding of the quantitative and qualitative methodologies presented in DE300 so that you are able to discuss these as required in the module TMAs, and also to help you apply the specific method that you have chosen for your DE300 project.
Although the day is aimed at students who are about to start the module, it is also beneficial for those not currently studying it who are thinking of registering for future presentations.
Students say that these days are inspirational and packed with content, making them excellent value in terms of time and money, and we hope that this event will be a popular addition to our regular programme for this final level module.
Registration will take place from 9.30am. Lectures will start at 10.00 am. The day will finish at approximately 4.30pm.
Tutors and programmes
We have two experienced tutors providing the overviews of the key approaches covered by DE300.
Quantitative Methods - Experimental and Survey approaches
These sessions will cover research on memory and creativity, and will focus on how to apply the inferential statistics techniques used with the experimental and survey methods.
Frédéric Vallée-Tourangeau obtained his PhD from McGill University in 1993. He currently teaches on DE200 and DE300 and has been a tutor on both modules since their inception. Outside the OU, Fred has taught in the UK for the past 25 years, first at the University of Hertfordshire, and at Kingston University since 2003. He joined the OU as an associate lecturer in 2006, teaching on DD303 Cognitive Psychology for 10 years. His research has explored causal and Bayesian reasoning, problem solving and creativity. He recently edited a book on insight problem solving (Insight: On the Origins of New Ideas) for Routledge.
Qualitative Methods - Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and Phenomenological (IPA) approaches
These sessions will look at the collection of data, and the ethics around interviews and focus groups, and transcription of data and its analysis from both a critical discourse analysis (CDA) and phenomenological approach (IPA). Document analysis and its peculiarities both ethically and analytically will also be discussed, and the sessions will explore the important connection between the research question, analytical approach and interview/focus group question schedules. The final sessions will examine the write up of the report and how to report findings through either the CDA concepts of interpretative repertoires and subject positions, or the IPA lifeworld concepts.
Sue Nieland has taught with the Open University for 15 years, on most of the undergraduate and, more recently, the new postgraduate modules in psychology. She has taught both DE200 and DE300 since their first presentations and has supervised students for both quantitative and qualitative projects for DE300 and previously on DD307 (Social Psychology) and DD303 (Cognitive Psychology). Sue has also looked after DD210 and DE200 cluster-wide forums, and despite being the moderator for the quantitative methods forum for DE200, is actually a qualitative researcher with a particular interest in phenomenology, critical discourse analysis and the dialogical approach. Sue is soon to take up a Staff Tutor role in the OU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
The timetable for this event will be available to download here closer to the event.
Please note that we will have available places on the day but all tickets will be £40 (no member discount). We therefore recommend that you book in advance to benefit from our members discount (if applicable).
Please note that this is a paperless event.
To be more environmentally friendly and to help manage our prices we will email any relevant handouts to all registered attendees, either in advance so that those who need printed versions have plenty of time to organise these, or shortly after the event if the tutor has decided that this is more appropriate for their lecture. These are for attendees' personal use and may not be shared.
We'd like to thank our tutors for working to ensure that their presentations do not contain material to which they do not have copyright and for making them available in this way. And in advance, we'd like to thank all of you who support us in actively contributing toward a paperless environment and saving a few trees along the way !
|Our overview day will be held at the Amnesty International HRAC, 25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA.|
Are located on the Lower Ground Floor (-3) and can be accessed via lift or the stairs. Baby changing facilities are available in the disabled/gender neutral toilet.
There are water dispensers just outside the Auditorium entrance, in the Conference Room, and in the Atrium. Action Room 2 has a kitchenette and the tap water can be used for drinking water. Please ask the events team for jugs and cups if required.
The HRAC is fully wheelchair accessible – the entrance is on street level; there is a wheelchair accessible passenger lift to all levels; and all corridors and circulation areas are wheelchair accessible.
There is a unisex accessible toilet on the lower ground floor for visitors, which is fitted with an emergency alarm.
There is a chair lift fitted for access to the stage in the auditorium for speakers and a ramp for the lower platform.
There is an infrared hearing system fitted in the auditorium, portable induction loop on the reception desk and a further portable induction loop for use in other areas.
In the event of an emergency all floors are equipped with evac-chairs and refuge areas. Event organisers should consult visitors requiring assistance on their preference.
All service dogs are welcome.
Travel and directions
The Human Rights Action Centre has excellent public transport links.
The nearest tube and rail stations are within 10 minutes walk:
- Old Street (Northern line)
- Liverpool Street (National Rail, and Central, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City underground lines)
- Shoreditch High Street station (Overground)
The HRAC is on a main road with bus services from each of these stations and many other parts of London.