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Syllabus 2022-23 - 12011007 - Methodology of Research in Infant Education (Metodología de la investigación en educación infantil)

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DEGREE: Grado en Educación infantil
COURSE: Methodology of Research in Infant Education
NAME: Methodology of Research in Infant Education
CODE: 12011007 ACADEMIC YEAR: 2022-23
OFFICE NO.: C5 - 232 E-MAIL: sparra@ujaen.es P: 953211808
WEBSITE: http://www4.ujaen.es/~sparra

Introduction and Fundamentals.

  • Foundations and implications of observational methodology. Observation in the context of the scientific method.
  • Planning systematic observation. Purpose, concept, possibilities and limitations.
  • The observation process. Methodological criteria, specific difficulties in the act of observation. Training and training of observers. Methodology.
  • Observational sampling. Criteria for sampling and types of sampling.
  • Observational research designs.
  • Observation and recording techniques in different contexts.
  • Quality criteria in different approaches to observational methodology.
  • Data analysis.
  • Analysis of observational data. Writing research reports
  • The research report


Topic 1: Basic notions of educational research. Introduction and fundamentals

  • Scientific Knowledge in Education.
  • Paradigms of educational research

Topic 2: General research process

  • General research process.
  • Techniques and instruments for data collection.

Topic 3: Empirical-analytical / quantitative methodology.

  • General considerations in research.
  • Experimental Methodology.
  • Quasi-experimental methodology.
  • Non-experimental methodology

Theme 4: Interpretative-Constructivist / Qualitative Methodology.

  • General considerations.
  • Phases of Qualitative Research.
  • Types of techniques
  • Data analysis

Theme 5: Statistical analysis

  • Descriptive analysis.
  • Hypothesis testing


The content and competences of this subject integrate the following SDGs

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages
Goal 4: Ensure inclusive, equitable and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls


The methodology followed is participatory and collaborative, with interventions by both teachers and students and always seeking the acquisition of learning in a reflective, innovative way in the different contexts of Early Childhood Education.

The theory classes combine the presentation of the contents by the teacher with reflection and comments by the students, as well as the carrying out of activities linked to these contents in the theory classes.

The practical classes include the development by the student of a research project in a specific educational area. This project will address the theoretical knowledge acquired from a practical and applied point of view.

Students with special educational needs should contact the Student Attention Service (Servicio de Atención y Ayudas al Estudiante) in order to receive the appropriate academic support


PATIE-ERASMUS students will have to contact the teacher at the beginning of the semester to configure and adapt their training process.


Evaluation of Theoretical-Practical contents (60%):

The theoretical-practical contents of the subject will be assessed by means of a knowledge test (exam on the official calendar date) of the contents of the subject.

The assessment test will consist of multiple choice questions (three alternatives), where only one answer will be correct. The correction formula for correct answers based on chance will be applied.

Grade = Correct - (Errors / K-1)

The exam will be worth 60% of the total value of the subject.

Evaluation of the Practicals-Seminars and Work (30%):

The completion of a research project will be worth up to 30% of the subject.

Attendance, participation and correct completion of the Practical Seminars will be worth up to 10 % of the total value of the subject.


  • Real world research : a resource for social scientists and practitioner-researchers Colin Robson. Edition: 3rd ed.. Author: Robson, Colin. Publisher: Willey  (Library)

Following the indications of the Faculty of Humanities and Education Sciences of the UJA, the "Degrees whose number of students and classrooms assigned for teaching does not allow to develop the teaching activity of theory and practice in a face-to-face and simultaneous way to the whole group, weeks of semi-attendance and weeks of non-attendance will be alternated. During the semi-attendance weeks, theory and/or practical classes may be given, with the necessary group divisions so that the number of students in the classroom does not exceed, in any case, the capacity allowed by health measures. In the weeks when there is no classroom attendance, all teaching would be given by virtual means, either synchronously or asynchronously".

Given that the number of students enrolled in this subject exceeds 75-80 students, it will not be possible to develop a multimodal or mixed teaching scenario, neither in the theoretical part nor in the practical part of the subject, as the safety distance would not be assured in any case (theory classrooms) and much less in the computer classrooms (practical classrooms of this subject).

A mixed or multimodal scenario would only be possible if one of the 4 classrooms of the University of Jaén that allow teaching for groups of 44 people (E1, E2, E3 and E4) were assigned for theory, respecting the safety distance of at least 1.5 metres, and in no case in the computer classrooms.

Therefore, a multimodal or mixed teaching scenario would not be possible in this subject of this degree.

Only in the event that this degree course is assigned one of the classrooms that allow preserving the safety distance for a group of more than 40 students, only in that case, multimodal or mixed teaching would be possible. To this end, the organisation would be as follows (a model is proposed for the first two weeks, which would be repeated in odd and even weeks, respectively):

Week 1.

Blended learning subgroup 1 (40 students), also Practicum 1 group (Practicum 1).

Blended learning subgroup 2 (40 students), also blended learning in group of Practicals 2.

Week 2

Blended learning subgroup 2 (40 students), also group Internship 2 (Internship 2).

Non face-to-face subgroup 1 (40 students), also non-face-to-face in practical group 1.

This sequence will be alternated in the following weeks. Always respecting the criteria established by the Faculty of Humanities and Education Sciences, and as long as the safety distance between students is ensured.


Brief description of the changes in the contents and competences.

The contents and basic and general competences in the teaching guides will not suffer any alterations, since all of them will be developed through the online classes, the practical tasks developed and during the group work that the students carry out, as well as with the autonomous work by the students.

Changes in teaching methodology

No methodological change will be necessary in the teaching (neither in theory nor in practice), in the development of the theoretical sessions or in the practical sessions.

The tutorials are carried out virtually through various virtual tools recommended by the institution on the PLATEA platform and Google Meet in order to respond to the situation caused by COVID-19.

Changes in training activities

The activities contemplated in the original teaching guide were:

A01 - Lectures in large groups

MA01 - Master classes, introductory activities, lectures, etc.

A02 - Classes in practical groups

MA02 - Practical activities, seminars, debates, laboratories, exercise resolution, exhibitions, etc.

There will be no substantial modification in the expository classes, only an adaptation of the resource used for its development (video-conference through the Google Meet resource for the UJA), video-conference instead of the classroom.

In the practicals, we have continued with the usual procedure, group work, resolution of exercises and presentations. Only the practical classes in the computer classroom have been affected.

The virtual teaching platform PLATEA and Google Meet will be used for synchronous activities and e-mail, forums and virtual tutorials, both individual and group, for asynchronous activities.


Changes in the evaluation system

The assessment criteria remain the same, the learning outcomes required of students and the assessment instruments are the same (practical group work and examination of theoretical and practical knowledge of the subject.

Only the type of exam will be modified, changing to online electronic format through an exam of theoretical and practical objective questions, elaborated and through the resources of the virtual teaching platform PLATEA of the UJA or the virtual teaching google resources only for the community of the RIUJA network (Google forms [google forms]).

As specified above, the other aspects of the assessment (criteria, instruments, etc.) are not modified from the aspects included in the original Guide, except for the aspects of weight or proportion that have been modified.



The established times, distribution and sequencing of the contents of the Guide are maintained in the development of the subject.

Only, some dates have been modified for some practicals since it has not been possible to carry them out in person.

In the same way, the exhibition of practical work in groups can be done, but not in person but virtually online.

All the dates and deadlines established for the delivery of the practical work, as well as for the official exams of the subject, are maintained.


Resources and infrastructures

For the correct development of the subject, it has been necessary to use various resources not contemplated in the original guide of the subject, most of them technological, since the use of technology has been encouraged (video-tutorials, large group teaching with video-conference with Google Meet, video-conference tutorials, documentation in electronic support, etc.).

In addition, all the other teaching resources that were contemplated in the subject and that this teacher usually uses on a regular basis (use of the PLATEA Platform, Forum of the subject on the platform, Slides, Practice Groups, Directed Academic Activities sent via the platform, links, etc.) have also been used.

It has also been necessary to inform students of the usefulness of books, electronic resources and journals in electronic format available to them in the UJA Library (BUJA), as well as access to the Databases subscribed by the UJA. In addition, these aspects mentioned above are contents specific to this subject, and given the special circumstances, more attention and space will be given to them.


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Legitimacy: compliance with legal obligations (Universities Law) and other national and regional regulations currently in force.

Addressees: service providers who are the owners of the platforms where the exams are carried out and with whom the University of Jaén has signed the corresponding data access contracts.

Storage periods: those established in current in force regulations. In the specific case of exam videoconference recordings, not before the examination records and transcripts are closed or the exam can still be reviewed or challenged.

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Data recipients (transfers or assignments): Any person allowed to get access to every teaching modality

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