Linking research and teaching through student-led module evaluation

Bovill, C. (2007) Linking research and teaching through student-led module evaluation. In: Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship: Proceedings of the 30th HERDSA Annual Conference, 8-11 July 2007, Adelaide, Australia. Series: Research and development in higher education (30(1-2). Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia: Milperra, Australia, pp. 47-51. ISBN 9780908557714

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This paper outlines the processes and outcomes from two innovative student-led projects to evaluate education research modules on a Masters level programme in Professional Education at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Both projects were underpinned by the overall programme philosophy emphasising learner-centred approaches and strong research-teaching linkages. One project was an Action Research Evaluation project where students guided all stages of evaluating a module. The second project involved the students critiquing existing institutional module evaluation forms and then designing their own module evaluation form. Outcomes from the projects include increased student knowledge, skills and confidence in using education research methodologies and undertaking small-scale collaborative research projects. In addition, staff have gained a greater awareness of which aspects of the modules students consider should be evaluated. Students are still actively involved in the Action Research Evaluation project and are currently collaborating to write a journal article and present their findings at a seminar. The students are also directly informing the redesign of modules for the next academic year.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Research-teaching linkages, learner-centred approaches, education research
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bovill, Dr Catherine
Authors: Bovill, C.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Education
University Services > Learning and Teaching Services Division
Publisher:Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2007 The Author
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the author.

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