Course code Peda6054

Credit points 3

Master Thesis III

Total Hours in Course120

Independent study hours120

Date of course confirmation16.01.2019

Responsible UnitInstitute of Education and Home Economics

Course developer

author Vadības sistēmu katedra

Nataļja Vronska

Dr. paed.

Prior knowledge

Peda5017, Education and Psychology 2

Peda6011, Master Thesis II

Peda6027, Methodology of Scientific Research II

Course abstract

The course aim is to promote research competencies, to develop in-depth independent research skills and abilities, as reflected in the thesis, as well as defend the thesis. Master thesis is a scientific and exploratory work. Authors study current scientific or practical educational problems.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge: on characteristics of master thesis in the field of education, analyse and to solve problems of study. Students know how to choose a subject of study which is based on theoretical and practical aspects of education. Students know how to formulate object, aim, hypothesis, objectives and definite research methods as well as they know how to reflect self-experience of research topic.
• Skills: to develops research work skills and applies the qualitative and quantitative research methodologies engaging as well as know how it reflect in the master thesis.
• Competence: to be able to gather information about study and to evaluate used theoretical approaches, theories and models. Students are able to evaluate theoretical study results and to formulate conclusions and recommendations.

Course Content(Calendar)

• Creating a draft of the theoretical part.
• Reflection of personal experience.
• The experimental scheme choice, validity.
• Creating an experimental research plan. Pilot studies.
• Data acquisition.
• Correction of research methodology.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Reports to the scientific adviser.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

• The theoretical part of the Master's thesis has been developed in 80-90%. • In the empirical part: 1) creating a research plan, 2) pilot studies, 3) creating a data acquisition.

Compulsory reading

• Metodiskie noteikumi maģistra darbu izstrādāšanai un aizstāvēšanai. Jelgava, 2018. Pieejams:
• Geske A., Grīnfelds A. Izglītības pētniecība. Rīga: LU Akadēmiskais apgāds, 2006. 261 lpp.
• Mārtinsone K., Pipere A., Kamerāde D. Pētniecība: teorija un prakse. Rīga: RaKa, 2016. 546 lpp.
• Mārtinsone K. Ievads pētniecībā: stratēģijas, dizaini, metodes. Rīga: RaKa, 2011. 284 lpp.
• Lasmanis A. Datu ieguves, apstrādes un analīzes metodes pedagoģijas un psiholoģijas pētījumos. Rīga: Izglītības soļi, 2002. 2 sēj.
• Creswell J. W. Educational research: planning, conducting, and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research. Boston: Pearson, 2012. 650 p.
• Augucēvičs J. Word. Microsoft Office 2013. Rīga: Biznesa augstskola Turība, 2015. 86 lpp.

Further reading

• Raščevska M. Psiholoģisko testu un aptauju konstruēšana un adaptācija. Rīga: RaKa, 2005. 281 lpp.
• Anderson T., Anderson C., Hart-Davis G. Beginning Microsoft Word 2010. Apress: 2010. 380 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. American Psychological Association. Using American Psychological Association (APA) Format. (Updated to 5th Edition). Purdue University Online Writing Lab. 2010. Available:
2. Higher Education.The International Journal of Higher Education Research. Print ISSN: 0018-1560. Online ISSN: 1573-174X


Compulsory study course in Master's study program "Pedagogy" of academic education (3nd sem.).