The International Journal of Social Research Methodology has published a new paper as part of a Special Issue convened by guest editors Prof Melanie Nind (Pedagogy of Methodological Learning project PI), Dr Daniel Kilburn (UCL) and Dr Rebekah Luff (National Centre for Research Methods) and dedicated to the teaching of research methods.
Authors Louise Corti and Veerle Van den Eynden deliver a paper focused on one of the distinct pedagogic challenges of advanced research methods teaching, specifically the practicalities of handling data. Their paper “Learning to manage and share data: jump-starting the research methods curriculum” offers a timely reflection on managing a pedagogic challenge that affects all empirical researchers.
Researchers’ responsibilities towards their research data are changing across all domains of social scientific endeavour. Government, funders and publishers expect greater transparency of, open access to, and re-use of research data, and fears over data loss call for more robust information security practices. Researchers must develop, enhance and professionalise their research data management skills to meet these challenges and to deal with a rapidly changing data sharing environment. This paper sets out how we have contributed to jump-starting the research methods training curriculum in this field by translating high-level needs into practical guidance and training activities. Our pedagogical approach involves applicable, easy-to-digest, modules based on best practice guidance for managing and sharing research data. In line with recent findings on successful practices in methods teaching, we work on the principle of embedding grounded learning activities within existing narratives of research design and implementation.
- Corti, L. & Van den Eynden, V (2015) Learning to manage and share data: jump-starting the research methods curriculum, International Journal of Social Research Methodology. DOI:10.1080/13645579.2015.1062627