Enhancing quality learning through experiences of research-based learning: implications for academic development

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Research into undergraduate research and inquiry in Australian universities was conducted during an Australian Learning and Teaching Council National Teaching Fellowship. In this paper we share experiences of this project as a student and an academic, reflecting on key challenges, including undergraduate research as an immersion experience for students; negotiating changing staff–student relationships; funding implications; and institutional challenges. We argue that academic developers have a key role in informing institutional policy concerning the integration of research and inquiry and interpreting the spirit of this for the academic community, bridging the divide between research staff and teaching staff, making links between research and teaching committees, changing academics’ attitudes about the value and implications of undergraduate research, working with research staff on teaching and learning issues, and making available to staff resources to facilitate undergraduate research implementation.

Keywords: organisational change; student engagement; undergraduate research

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1360144X.2011.586461

Affiliations: Learning and Teaching Centre, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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