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Write-up: Researching Learning & Teaching: Mapping Areas of Interest, 21st Oct 2009

Posted by on November 11th, 2009 · Events, Research, Researching Learning and Teaching, Uncategorized

The first ‘Researching Learning & Teaching’ session was held on 21 October and was facilitated by Jan McLean, Learning & Teaching. The session involved group discussions about the research into learning and teaching people were undertaking and/or interested in, including workplace learning; embedding skills; and informal learning. A full list of themes can be accessed 21st October_Research themes.pdf. Areas of overlap were identified and ideas were shared and explored. Issues of methodology and research design were also discussed.

In addition, the group identified what they would like future seminars in the series to address:

• Methodology: how to research learning and teaching

• Opportunities for informal discussion and sharing ideas

• Feedback to the library so it can help support academics with their research into learning and teaching

• A reading group: discussing reactions and interpretations of papers/ books

• Discussions about how to get published: identifying journals, conferences

Finally, Jan shared some useful resources for academics interested in research teaching and learning.

The next Researching Learning and Teaching seminar will be held on the 18 November and will include a presentation by Jacqui McManus, Learning & Teaching covering: research design ideas for capturing individuals’ perceptions of their own development as learners; an example of a study into change in student capability; and phenomenographic analysis – capturing people’s understanding of a phenomena.

Time: 12.00-1.30pm

Location: Climate Change Research Centre, Level 4 Mathews Building

Light lunch will be provided by L&T@UNSW with support from the ALTC.

Please register online at

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