Can research methods ever be interesting?

Benson, A.M. and Blackman, D. (2003) Can research methods ever be interesting? Active Learning in Higher Education, 4 (1). pp. 39-55.

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Abstract

This article reflects upon a process of curriculum redesign undertaken with an aim to improve the student learning experience of research methods via an activity-based approach. Historically, the way in which research methods were being taught within Southampton Business School did not fully engage student interest, and it was not well applied to further study of the subsequent modules including the dissertation. The article discusses the changes that were made to the module, which led to a developmental and experiential programme. The learners appear to be better prepared for their subsequent research and indicate that this approach better facilitated their understanding of the subject. Future developments will include collecting more empirical evidence to support the offering of this activity-based approach throughout the Southampton Business School.

Item Type:Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords:activity-based; independent learning; learning outcomes; reflection; research methods
Subjects:X000 Education > X200 Education Research
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1177/1469787403004001004
Faculties:Faculty of Education and Sport > School of Service Management
ID Code:257
Deposited By:Mrs Mercedita Hoare
Deposited On:23 Nov 2006
Last Modified:03 Jun 2013 15:37

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