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Experiences of learning through collaborative evaluation from a masters programme in professional education

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This paper presents findings from a collaborative evaluation project within a masters programme in professional education. The project aimed to increase knowledge of research methodologies and methods through authentic learning where participants worked in partnership with the tutor to evaluate the module which they were studying. The project processes, areas of the course evaluated and the data collection methods are outlined. The findings focus on key themes from evaluating the effectiveness of using a collaborative evaluation approach, including: enhanced student engagement; creativity of the collaborative evaluation approach; equality between the tutor and students; and enhanced research skills. Discussion focuses on the outcomes and effectiveness of the project and tutor reflections on adopting a collaborative approach. This paper highlights lessons from the project relevant to those interested in staff-student partnership approaches and those facilitating postgraduate learning and teaching programmes and educational research courses. Cet article presente les resultats d'un projet collaboratif d'evaluation ayant eu lieu dans le cadre d'un programme de master en formation professionnelle. Le projet visait a accroitre les connaissances des methodes et methodologies de recherche par l'entremise d'un apprentissage authentique dans le cadre duquel les participantes œuvraient en partenariat avec le tuteur a l'evaluation du module auquel elles prenaient part. Les processus du projet, les parties du cours ayant ete evaluees et les methodes de collecte des donnees sont presentees. Les resultats se concentrent sur les themes principaux provenant de l'evaluation de l'efficacite d'une approche collaborative d'evaluation. Ceux-ci comprennent : l'engagement accru des etudiantes ; la creativite de l'approche collaborative d'evaluation ; l'egalite entre le tuteur et les etudiantes ; et les competences de recherche developpees. La discussion porte sur : les resultats et l'efficacite du projet de meme que des reflexions du tuteur au sujet de l'adoption d'une approche collaborative. L'article met en lumiere les lecons tirees de ce projet pouvant etre pertinentes pour ceux qui seraient interesses par les approches de partenariat enseignant-etudiant et pour ceux qui ont la charge de programmes de 2e ou 3e cycle en pedagogie universitaire ou de cours de recherche en education.

Keywords: collaborative evaluation; research-teaching linkages; student engagement

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13601441003738343

Affiliations: 1: Academic Development Unit, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK 2: School of Nursing, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK 3: Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK 4: Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland and NHS Lanarkshire, Hamilton, UK 5: NHS Forth Valley and Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK 6: Radiography, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK 7: University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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