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Engaging students in bioscience research to improve their learning experience

Ralebitso Senior, TK, Page, H and Orr, CH (2017) Engaging students in bioscience research to improve their learning experience. Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal, 1 (2). ISSN 2399-1836

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Abstract

Combining teaching and research is the definitive principle of ‘research-informed teaching’ (RIT) (Healey, 2005). RIT is pivotal for improving the student learning experience. All undergraduate students within the School of Science and Engineering, Teesside University (TU), can become RIT co-creators via their curricula-based Level 5 project proposal module and Level 6 research project. This case study illustrates how the authors used complementary, co-curricula methods to enhance student engagement with bioscience research utilising co-designed research projects and publication preparation. The success of student involvement in these initiatives was measured against six key personal attributes (Adaptable, Articulate, Aspiring, Creative, Critical, Confident), questionnaire responses from ten respondents, and a summary of tangible research outputs. An evaluation of staff involvement was made with semi-structured interviews. Overall, the research-led, partnership approach resulted in increased student motivation, aspiration and confidence in their further learning and employment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Research-informed teaching; Higher education; Key personal attributes; Teesside University; Partnership approach; Curricula
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences
Publisher: RAISE
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2018 09:30
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 05:27
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8184

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