This web-area presents some of the research informed teaching projects that have been undertaken at Staffordshire University. Faculties/Schools have won bids for Research Informed Teaching funding, and are able to use this funding as appropriate in the context of their subject provision. However, a proportion of the funding is used to support developments and initiatives that extend across more than one subject area within a Faculty/School.
What do these projects aim to achieve?
Understanding of how to link teaching and research/consultancy is still developing. Research informed teaching projects aim to highlight innovative ways of demonstrating and promoting the research-teaching link. The classification below gives examples of possible research informed teaching projects:
- Developing student appreciation of research/consultancy in the discipline.
- Development of student research/consultancy skills (explicitly, in addition to other disciplinary and generic skills).
- Using teaching and learning based processes which simulate research processes (e.g. project-based modules, dissertation modules, inquiry based learning etc).
- Using assignments which involve elements of research processes (e.g. literature reviews, bidding for grants, drafting bids or project outlines, analysing existing project data, presenting at a 'conference').
- Giving students first hand experience of research based consultancy (whether commercial or pro-bono) (e.g. as an 'intern', as work-based learning, as a consultant assistant, or as a laboratory assistant).
- Bringing data/findings from staff research/consultancy into the curriculum.
Further examples and more information about research informed teaching can be found in the following documents:
- Alan Jenkins and Mick Healey (2005) Institutional Strategies to Link Teaching and Research, Higher Education Academy
- Alan Jenkins, Mick Healey and Roger Zetter (2007) Linking Teaching and Research in Disciplines and Departments, Higher Education Academy
- Higher Education Academy - Resources page
Project Titles from 2005
- Classic Glacial Landforms: The Deglaciation of Glen Etive, South-West Scottish Highlands (PDF, file size: 14.61KB)
by Tim Harris and Fiona Tweed (Geography)
- Development of a basic research culture amongst undergraduate Forensic Science (PDF, file size: 222.94KB)
by Dr John Casella (Forensic Science)
- Using information literacy as a means of promoting the research process in Level 1 students (PPT, file size: 284.5KB)
by Geoff Walton (Information Services) and Jamie Barker (Sport and Exercise)
- Expectations and perceptions of a particular group of Chinese MBA students and graduates (PDF, file size: 42.5KB)
by Iona Huang and Wyn Jenkins (Business and Law)
- Alternative methods for distributing learning material in graphic based subjects (PDF, file size: 2.45MB)
by David Cheshire, Neil Hart, Tony Smith, Huw Thomas and Adrian Tooth (Computing, Engineering & Technology)