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|Title:||Embedding research activities to enhance student learning|
|Author(s):||Cynthia M. Webster, (Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia), Jacqueline Kenney, (Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia)|
|Citation:||Cynthia M. Webster, Jacqueline Kenney, (2011) "Embedding research activities to enhance student learning", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 25 Iss: 4, pp.361 - 377|
|Keywords:||Learning, Research, Skills training, Students|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/09513541111136649 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper's novel, research-oriented approach is to embed research-based activities in a core second-year course of a university business degree program to support and develop student research capabilities.
Design/methodology/approach – The design draws on Boud and Prosser's work to foster participation in a learner-centred, discipline-based approach. Activities rely on technology supports and mixed delivery modes to combine diverse theoretical perspectives and research methodologies.
Findings – The initial implementations of the design generated improved student learning experiences compared to the previous year. Voluntary participation was high and informal evidence suggested that research activities were a core-contributing element to positive student outcomes.
Research limitations/implications – A formal evaluation study is required to measure precisely the extent to which research activities like those described in this paper have an effect on students' learning experiences.
Practical implications – The research activities embedded in the course curriculum enriched learner participation and experiences without overtaxing resources and, with minor modification, are transferable to different courses and disciplines.
Social implications – The technology-supported environment described in this study allowed for online viewing of submitted research activities and provided students the opportunity to continually review, reflect and share their insights.
Originality/value – Learner-focused research activities offer students a novel opportunity to experience research firsthand as informants, inventors and interpreters of knowledge. The adoption of research activities within the curriculum structure is a creative and multifaceted effort to extend students' research understanding.
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