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Three Paths Through the Forest: An Exploration of the Teaching-Research Nexus

Smith, CR (2021) Three Paths Through the Forest: An Exploration of the Teaching-Research Nexus. In: . AMPS Proceedings Series 22 Teaching-Learning-Research: Design and Environments , 1 (22). pp. 179-188. (Teaching-Learning-Research: Design and Environments, 02 December 2020 - 04 December 2020, Manchester School of Architecture (University of Manchester / Manchester Metropolitan University)).

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There are varied and sometimes conflicting views of the relationship between teaching and research in higher education, and whether it has a positive, neutral or detrimental impact on the quality of students’ learning experiences. This frequently manifests in a complex and oftentimes contentious dialogue between them. This paper explores three dimensions of the teaching-research nexus: research informed teaching, research through teaching, and research of teaching, and questions how they can best effect positive contributions to learning. Both research and teaching revolve around learning, by students and teachers, and the presentation critically reflects on research projects within each interpretation. In research informed teaching, research contributes to the curriculum – even if conducted independently – ensuring that student learning embodies recent developments in its field and is at the forefront of knowledge. This is the most conventional interpretation of the nexus. However, it can result in a one-way path between research and teaching, thereby limiting students’ agency within the process. Robinson describes research as the systematic enquiry for new knowledge, and questions why creativity – the process of having original ideas that have value – is often not considered to be research in an academic sense. Research through teaching places students’ work at the core of discipline-specific research, so that teaching becomes the catalyst for co-producing work by students and teachers. Students’ projects become embedded within wider contexts of real-world problems, grounding their work outside of the academy. Whilst pedagogic research has gained considerable traction over the recent past, it is argued here that research in the methods and practices of learning and teaching can be perceived as having lesser significance than disciple-specific research. This undermines its legitimacy and currency, to the detriment of enhancing quality of students’ learning experiences. Research of teaching explores the means and value of the students as participants in pedagogic research.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Art & Design
Publisher: Architecture MPS
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Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2021 11:56
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 15:18
Editors: Sanderson, L
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15453
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