Students’ reflective essays as insights into student centred-pedagogies within the undergraduate research methods curriculum

Hosein, Anesa and Rao, Namrata (2017) Students’ reflective essays as insights into student centred-pedagogies within the undergraduate research methods curriculum. Teaching in Higher Education, 22 (1). pp. 109-125. ISSN 1356-2517

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Abstract

In higher education, despite the emphasis on student-centred pedagogical approaches, undergraduate research methods pedagogy remains surprisingly teacher-directed. Consequently, it may lead to research methods students assuming that becoming a researcher involves gathering information rather than it being a continuous developmental process. To combat this idea, a reflective student-centred pedagogical approach is evaluated for encouraging students’ development as researchers. In this study, undergraduate research methods students piloted a research method and produced a reflective essay of their research experience. Qualitative analysis of the students’ reflective essay demonstrated that students showed an awareness of both their research skills such as choosing an appropriate research instrument and their researcher identity such as the metacognition of their research competence. Pedagogical approaches that encourage ‘reflection on action’ in the research curriculum can, therefore, help students to articulate their researcher identity and build their research skills confidence and should be actively promoted.

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Additional Information and Comments: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in Teaching in Higher Education [copyright Taylor & Francis]; [Teaching in Higher Education is available online at http://http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13562517.2016.1221804."
Keywords: Student-centred approach, enquiry-based learning, research methods, reflective essays, curriculum.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Education Studies
Depositing User: Philippa Williams
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 10:07
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2017 18:43
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/1618

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