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Transitioning into pedagogic research – ‘Dual identities and discipline spanning´

Thursday, 21 February 2019

This workshop will focus on pedagogic research and the role of the pedagogic researcher in higher education. The focus is to support those transitioning into pedagogical research from another discipline. It will explore the interrelationship between learning, teaching and research at a time when there is increasing emphasis on multidisciplinary research across the HE sector. It will consider the dual relationship between discipline-centred research and pedagogic research areas and the transitioning between these, with a focus on research methodologies and publication. Action research will be used as a named example. Taking an interactive approach, this workshop will be an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences and develop strategies and networks between participants.
By the end of this workshop, successful participants will be able to:

1. Discuss the opportunities for developing as a dual-researcher and the position of a pedagogical researcher within the HE environment;
2. Critically evaluate the similarities and differences between research areas and how to manage and transition between these;
3. Exploring research methodologies and paradigms, aligned to pedagogical research and develop a critical understanding of how these may differ to one’s own current practice;
4. Evaluate the role of ‘action research’ in Higher Education and how this can be used as a transitional mechanism into pedagogical research;
5. Develop a strategy, and networks, to support the successful transition into research into educational research in Higher Education;


Dr Mark J.P. Kerrigan

Dr Mark John Patrick Kerrigan was recently appointed as the Director of Learning, Teaching & Enhancement at the Plymouth College of Art. His role is to drive toward pedagogical innovation and provide strong & effective cross-college leadership that will enhance learning and teaching across FE/HE provision. He has research interests in assessment & feedback, Digital Literacies and mobile/technology-integrated learning. Mark is a National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Simon Pratt-Adams 

Dr Simon Pratt-Adams is a highly experienced academic working at Anglia Ruskin University. He has broad interests in educational research and works in the Faculty of Health, Medicine, Education & Social Care and Anglia Learning and Teaching where he is the Acting Director of the Centre for Innovation in Higher Education (CIHE). He is involved in leading the development of pedagogic research strategies and innovative learning and teaching practices across the university and its national partners.

Dr Emma Coonan

Emma Coonan is Research Fellow at the Centre for Innovation in Higher Education at Anglia Ruskin University. A librarian for ten years, Emma’s background is in academic, digital and information literacies in higher education. Her chief research interests are in the field of applied pedagogic research and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Information Literacy and associate Editor of the Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice. She recently led on the Advance HE-commissioned research study ‘Building Higher Education curricula fit for the future: how higher education institutes are responding to the Industrial Strategy’.

Structure / Session Time Activities

10.00-10.30 Registration - Networking, ‘pre-arrival’ activity and morning tea/coffee

10.30-11.45 Session 1  

Presentation & discussion: ‘Opportunities for developing as a dual-researcher and the position of a pedagogical researcher within the HE environment’
• Presentation of delegate situation, ideas and problems
Delegates will present the research theme they want to spend the day working.

11:45-13.15 Session 2

• Presentation & discussion: ‘Exploring research methodologies and paradigms within pedagogical research – what, why, when, how, who and where’

 Workshop 1
Delegates work with the workshop facilitators linking the themes of session to their own work and research.

13:15 - 14:00 Lunch - Networking and talking about research projects

14:00 - 15:30 Session 3

• Presentation & discussion: ‘Role of ‘action research’ in Higher Education’

• Workshop 2
Delegates explore the potential for action research within their own research area


15.30-15.45 Tea/coffee break

15:45 - 16:30 Session 4

 • Activity & future planning: ‘Develop a strategy, and networks, to support the successful transition into research into educational research in Higher Education’

• Summary, evaluation & close

Network: Newer Researchers
Date(s): Thursday, 21 February 2019
Times: 10:00 - 16:30
Location: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Campus
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