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Please be aware that this is an initial, not comprehensive list of resources that might be useful in supporting postgraduate research

 Research resources (general)

British Educational Research Association (BERA),

Ward and Wood (2015) The Royal Literary Fund, Guide to writing a dissertation, available at :

The Research Onion (no date) University of Derby, available at:

The Open University (2016) Skills for OU Study, Postgraduate Study Skills, available at:

Research within an Art college reflects our dual professionalism, which can make choosing a research pathway complicated. I have therefore divided this page into two sections, one of which deals with Social Science methodologies (pedagogy and teaching practice) and one of which looks at Humanities and Arts research. To some extent, research within the area of arts-based pedagogy might call for a combination of the two approaches.

Research texts (education):

Bell, J., 2014. Doing Your Research Project: A guide for first-time researchers. McGraw-Hill Education (UK).

Cohen, L., Manion, L. and Morrison, K., 2013. Research methods in education. Routledge.

Davies, M.B. and Hughes, N., 2014. Doing a successful research project: Using qualitative or quantitative methods. Palgrave Macmillan.

emCETT, no date, Multimodal research and reporting approaches, available as e-book from

emCETT, 2014, Practitioner led action research e-CPD module, available from

Zwozdiak-Myers, P., 2012. The teacher’s reflective practice handbook: Becoming an extended professional through capturing evidence-informed practice. Routledge.

Humanities and the visual arts

Brown, B et al, 2004, Types of research in the creative arts and design, available as .pdf from

Grey, C and Malins, J. (2004) Visualising Research: A guide to the research process in Art and Desgin, Aldershot: Ashgate.

Jones, L.S. and Backlund, C.H., 1990. Art information: research methods and resources. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Pickering, M. ed., 2008. Research methods for cultural studies. Edinburgh University Press.

Biggs, M. and Karlsson, H. eds., 2010. The Routledge companion to research in the arts. Routledge.

Rose, G., 2012. Visual methodologies: An introduction to researching with visual materials. Sage.

Stanford Humanities Centre, no date, How is Humanities Research conducted, available at:


British Educational Research Association (2011) Ethical Guidelines for educational research, available to download from:


For anyone interested in the context of College-based Higher Education, John Lea has produced a literature review.