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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Developing Techniques for Pedagogical Research in the Biosciences

Higher Education Academy Date: 11 Apr 2013
Location: University of Leicester
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Bioscientists are typically very well acquainted with the approaches to research associated with their subject-based experience. Pedagogical research, however, employs both quantitative and qualitative techniques which often represent unfamiliar territory for researchers in the biosciences, both in terms of utilising the techniques and appreciating the research literature based on these approaches. The aim of this workshop is to build on the outcomes of last year’s seminar, focusing on the techniques that attendees specifically identified: questionnaire design, focus groups and structured interviews. The workshop will take the form of plenary sessions from researchers with significant experience in using these techniques followed by some short case studies from the Biosciences to provide the subject context. There will also be a session to allow colleagues to engage in discussion about developing potential research projects with guided support from the presenters.

Programme:
09:30 – 10:00 Registration & Coffee
10:00 – 10:10 Welcome
10:10 – 10:50 Presentation 1 – Questionnaire Design
10:50 – 11:30 Presentation 2 – Focus Groups
11:30 – 11:50 Coffee
11:50 – 12:20 Presentation 3 – Structured Interviews
12:20 – 13:00 2 x 15 min case studies, plus 5 mins discussion
13:00 – 13:30 Lunch with discussions about possible projects
13:30 – 14:30 3 x 15 min case studies, plus 5 mins discussion
14:30 – 15:15 Group discussion sessions to formulate project outlines
15:15 – 15:45 Group reporting back and identification of actions
15:45 – 16:00 Close



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