Teaching-led research, using teaching activities to drive forward research

Wednesday 30th January 2018, 1.00pm to 2.30pm

Speakers: Anna Bramwell-Dicks, Theatre, Film and Television
Location: Room LMB/025, Law and Management, Campus East

Workshop Summary

Teaching and research are, fairly obviously, both important activities for most academic. These activities are often considered as separate entities, in that academics are either doing research or they are doing teaching. Research-led teaching is a well known concept, where our cutting edge, high quality research is used within and as a basis for our teaching. Many academics are also conducting pedagogic research about teaching. However, the idea of teaching-led research – that is using our teaching to drive forward research in other, potentially seemingly unrelated, areas is somewhat rarer.

Following in the footsteps and under mentoring from Dr Paul Cairns (Department of Computer Science), I had the opportunity to use Teaching-Led Research in my PhD research where I was investigating The Effect of Music On Transcription Typing Performance and Experience. The data for 2 of my largest experiments came directly from experiments using Teaching-Led Research with undergraduate students from Computer Science, and allowed me to collect a lot of data in a relatively small amount of time.

In this workshop, I’ll explain how I adopted this teaching-led research approach in my PhD work, and how I have continued to use this approach, which varying successes, in other studies while employed on Teaching and Scholarship contracts both in Computer Science and Theatre, Film and Television. I’ll reflect on the pitfalls and difficulties, including the Ethical considerations, and consider how to approach this style of working to maximise both efficiency and quality of research. We will also explore whether there are opportunities for other colleagues to adopt this style of research within their own teaching activities in contexts other than psychological-style experimental work.

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