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Enhancing undergraduate learning through the development of research-teaching linkages: Managing the process across different levels within a programme. Dr Vicky Gunn. Opening conversation:. What does ‘enhancing research-teaching linkages’ mean to you?.

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dr vicky gunn

Enhancing undergraduate learning through the development of research-teaching linkages: Managing the process across different levels within a programme

Dr Vicky Gunn

opening conversation
Opening conversation:
  • What does ‘enhancing research-teaching linkages’ mean to you?
reflections from the qaa quality enhancement projects
Reflections from the QAA Quality Enhancement Projects
  • General perception – students need to be an audience for the first year or two. Depends on staff conception of ‘research’ and discipline.
  • Student research practice feeds into staff and postgraduate research.
  • Explicit links need to be made between the academics and the students.
  • Importance of involving postgraduates.
  • Constraints of assessment processes.
  • Not much discussion of the relevance of technology in inculcating research-mindedness
  • Experiences can be lost across the levels of study.
basic typology of links from healey 2005
Basic typology of links (from Healey, 2005)

There are four main ways of engaging undergraduates with research and inquiry:

  • research-led: learning about current research in the discipline
  • research-oriented: developing research skills and techniques
  • research-based: undertaking research and inquiry
  • research-tutored: engaging in research discussions.
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Making the processes of research an explicit experience within a curriculum improves a whole range of skills, not just the ones required to continue as a researcher in the discipline area.

Assumption:

What does this mean in terms of the experiences to which we should expose our students?

example practices
Example practices:
  • Designing the syllabus (content) around researchers’ current focus;
  • Inviting students to attend research seminars provided by staff throughout the undergraduate programme;
  • Refiguring level 1 and 2 materials to include seminars given by staff on their research that tie directly into sections of the course.
example practices1
Example practices:

Enquiry-based approaches at course level:

  • Redesigning the curriculum to mimic the research process (often implemented through simulations of the research process in levels 1 & 2);
  • Redesigning the curriculum to include students as RAs (often in levels 3 & 4);
enquiry and application
Enquiry and application
  • Placements as part of practical application of abstract subject
  • Simulation of real world issues in classroom
problem with the case studies we have
Problem with the case studies we have:

The problem with most case-studies concerning research-teaching linkages is:

they only provide a snap shot of one or two elements within a whole programme.

healey 2005
Healey 2005:

Use to map the overall curriculum?

Possible to use as a map of the overall experience?

research teaching linkages the jargon slide
Research-Teaching Linkages (the jargon slide)

Undergraduate and postgraduate learning environments

considerations
Considerations:
  • Structure of undergraduate programmes in terms of when to emphasize what
  • Common elements throughout the course
  • Elements unique to a given year
  • Ways of encouraging coherence, progression from one year to another, meaning-making between different modules in the face of flexibility of provision?
but what about
But what about….

All the other enhancement themes we have to engage with?

integrating the themes basic assumption
Integrating the themes: basic assumption

Tinker with one, inadvertently engage with the others

Knitting the threads together:

FEEDBACK & PDP processes

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Focus on reflective praxis;
  • Encourage self-reliance and resilience;
  • Help students make meaning of and in a range of situations (ie broader than the immediate classroom);
  • Expose students to unfamiliar settings and assist them through the related anxiety.

Bringing principles of R&T, assessment & feedback together

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Making the processes of research an explicit experience within a curriculum improves a whole range of skills, not just the ones required to continue as a researcher in the discipline area.

Assumption

What does this mean in terms of the experiences to which we should expose our students?

basic assumptions for curricular review
Basic assumptions for curricular review?

Extra curricular activities?

Researcher-Mindedness Enhancements?

Opportunities for developing Graduate Attributes for 21st Century

recognizing the practicalities
Recognizing the practicalities
  • Valuing reciprocity – where in all of this is the student voice?
  • Progression
  • Standards
  • Raising awareness of learning contexts
  • Managing student anxiety
  • Managing staff anxiety
  • Time-tabling