Experiences at the teaching-research interface


White, Su (2008) Experiences at the teaching-research interface. At The Teaching-Research Interface: Implications for Practice in HE and FE, Stirling, UK, 29 - 30 Apr 2008. (Submitted).

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The relationship between research and teaching, its possible benefits and its inherent tensions, form a frequent topic of discussion amongst academic colleagues. Such debate may be sparked by policies, funding directives or institutional strategies which seek to promote a symbiotic relationship between these two activities. A considerable body of literature has emerged which discusses the teaching research nexus, and initiatives have been established to explore and disseminate research findings. Institutions, departments and individual academics have developed and promoted approaches across a broad spectrum which are described by a variety of terms including ‘research-led’, ‘research informed’, or just plain ‘scholarly’. The individual academic in the classroom may find the proliferation of understandings and interpretations intimidating, and may feel more comfortable considering the teaching research interface in the context of their own discipline. Theorists may value a disciplinary perspective and have an interest in identifying the extent to which practice diverges or coheres across subjects. For this reason, when considering the interface between teaching and research, it may be useful to place under the spotlight evidence of current practices in specific disciplines or fields of study. This paper examines the relationship between research and teaching in the undergraduate curriculum within the subject area computing and its related disciplines. It compares and contrasts evidence of the beliefs and experiences of the academics with that of the student. It presents and analyses the result of surveys which gathered qualitative and qualitative data to explore the inter-relationship of research and teaching in the curriculum, and as it is delivered and experienced in the lab, seminar room and lecture hall. This research builds on existing work developed in a preliminary study undertaken in two different universities (one research intensive and on teaching intensive) which examined ways in which synergies between research and teaching could be achieved particularly in the ‘hard/applied’ areas of the curriculum.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Additional Information: Event Dates: 29-30 April 2008
Keywords: research-teaching nexus disciplinary differences research-led learning engineering education scholarship of teaching and learning
Divisions: Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science
ePrint ID: 265378
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2008 14:01
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:10
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/265378

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