Re-energising undergraduate research methods pedagogy in education

  • Date: 18 Jun 2013
  • Start Time: 12:00 pm
  • Location/venue: Faculty of Education, Hope Park, Liverpool, L16 9JD

This event is funded as part of the 2012-13 HEA Social Sciences workshop and seminar series

This seminar will provide a space for dialogue on research and good practice in undergraduate research methods pedagogy within Education. Work on students’ conception of research and the use of experiential learning will be shared. Papers that address issues related to undergraduate educational research methods pedagogy are invited.


Further details

This one-day seminar builds on the HEA summit on the teaching and learning of research methods held on 21st-22nd June 2012 and builds into the theme for HEA Social Science Conference for 2013.

Within the Education discipline, there is no consensus on a particular research paradigm or an epistemological or ontological stance for teaching Educational research methods. It is anticipated that the seminar will contribute towards developing an appropriate agenda for teaching research methods in Education.

Current research and practice at Liverpool Hope University (LHU) in the field of undergraduate research pedagogy such as on experiential learning activities and students’ conceptions of research will be shared with delegates. Invited speakers from other HEIs would share current trends in educational research methods and programmes that are being implemented to improve teaching of research methods.

This seminar would also provide a space for the wider Education academic community to contribute papers on critically assessing the current taught research methods provision within their undergraduate education degrees and to develop a teaching and research agenda within this area. Arguments on the usefulness of using different epistemological and ontological positions for students will be encouraged. These may include the debates of the usefulness (and the extent) of incorporating quantitative data analysis in undergraduate as well the teaching of different methodological strategies. In addition, the seminar intends to provide a forum for academics to share their views on the challenges posed by research methods assessment, design or delivery in the areas of data analysis (numerical and textual) and strategies (case study, experiments, ethnography).

Delegates will be encouraged to discuss and contribute to the development of a guide on pedagogy of undergraduate research methods pedagogy within Education.

Further details about the proposed programme are available to download using the link to the right along with the call for papers/proforma for submission.  Please send your submissions to the address shown below.

Important Dates: Reminder

3rd April 2013 : Deadline for abstract submission (5pm)

19th April 2013 : Presenters informed of outcome of review process.

17th May 2013: Presenters to confirm attendance to the seminar and book for attending the event using the form available on the seminar website

10th June 2013: Presenters to submit draft presentation/prezis or similar (12:00 pm)

18th June 2013: HEA seminar - ‘Re-energising Undergraduate Research Methods Pedagogy in Education


12:00 – 12:40  Registration, Lunch and Networking

12:40 - 13:00  Welcome and Introduction Dr Tessa Owens- (Director of Centre for Pedagogy) and Dr Will Curtis (HEA Representative)

13:00 - 13:30  Re-energising research methods pedagogy: Issues with students’ conception of research methods - Dr Anesa Hosein and Dr Namrata Rao: Seminar Organisers

13:30- 14:00  “The Research Design Basis for Undergraduate Quantitative Methods (QM) Teaching “ - Professor Stephen Gorard (Durham University)

14:00 - 14:15  Tea and Networking

14:15 - 15:15  Approaches to Undergraduate research methods teaching (Parallel Paper Presentations) Invited and Open call papers

15:15 - 15:45  "Beyond apprenticeship: New pedagogies and new resources in teaching qualitative research methods" – Graham R Gibbs ( University of Huddersfield)

15:45 – 17:00  Tea and Workshop: The Way Forward for Teaching Research Methods. Workshop will focus on developing a policy guideline on teaching research methods in education

17:00  Close of event

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