Research Informed Teaching – A Mixed Methods Approach to Assessing Perception and Practice Within a Higher Education Setting

Ziniel, Curtis E. and Ghalib, Asad K. (2016) Research Informed Teaching – A Mixed Methods Approach to Assessing Perception and Practice Within a Higher Education Setting. Sage, Sage Case Studies Online. (Accepted for Publication)

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Research Informed Teaching is becoming increasingly popular and ‘fashionable’ these days, given the rise of a number of pedagogical methods and techniques within the higher education sector. An exploratory sequential mixed-methods design was used to capture academics’ feedback and assess the effectiveness and value of Research Informed Teaching (RIT) for both students and teachers at a new mid-sized English university. The first phase comprised detailed face-to-face interviews of academic staff across all faculties at the university. The qualitative data thus gathered was analysed and used to draw up a set of questions for designing and imparting a questionnaire-based semi-structured survey. The survey was administered online across the university and responses were analysed. Finally, inferences were drawn by analysing and mixing data from both phases. Study findings revealed how lecturers implemented RIT into their own teaching provision and how it was highly idiosyncratic; determined by their individual teaching subjects, their own teaching styles, and their own independent definitions of RIT. Moreover, we found a statistically significant positive correlation between tutors’ research outputs and their tendency to use their own work towards RIT. Another observation was that science tutors’ teaching content contained a significantly greater amount of their own research as compared to non-science tutors.

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Keywords: research informed teaching higher education research methods research methodology
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Business School
Depositing User: Curtis Ziniel
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 11:35
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2018 01:15

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