Improving teaching with research: the role for theory-driven evaluation

Jolly, Lesley and Brodie, Lyn and Prpic, Juliana Kaya and Crosthwaite, Caroline and Kavanagh, Lydia and Buys, Laurie (2013) Improving teaching with research: the role for theory-driven evaluation. In: Improving student learning: improving student learning through research and scholarship: 20 years of ISL. Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 52-66. ISBN 978-1-1-873576-92-2


For the last five years universities in Australia and New Zealand have experimented with the use of the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Challenge in their first-year engineering courses. In evaluating the initiative we asked 'What works for whom under what circumstances?' Here we report specifically on the third phase of the project which examined three attempts to embed the findings of the evaluation in the next year's teaching: one concerned adjustments to assessment to improve alignment; another concerned the use of the EWB Challenge projects in a multidisciplinary subject outside of engineering; and the third set of changes revolved around attempts to make sure a large teaching team was implementing the projects in a consistent way. In all of these cases it emerged that maintaining communication and collaboration amongst stakeholders was critically important and practically difficult. We conclude that embedding the results of research may require as much time and attention as actually doing the research and reflect on how practical strategies may be developed.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2013 02:37
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 02:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: student projects; Engineers Without Borders Challenge; New Zealand; Australia; curriculum development; higher education research
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520102 Educational psychology
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390409 Learning sciences
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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