Our new peer-reviewed research paper, Methods that teach: developing pedagogic research methods, developing pedagogy, has been published by the International Journal of Research and Methods in Education as part of a Special Issue on Research Methods for Pedagogy, guest edited by Kathy Hall and Alicia Curtain from University College Cork Ireland. We’re excited to be included in this important collection. Our paper is Open Access (freely available online) and documents methodological and pedagogic insights from our research with teachers and learners of research methods. Below is the full abstract:
This paper addresses ways of researching the pedagogy involved in building research methods competencies in the social sciences. The lack of explicit and shared pedagogy in this area make it particularly important that research is conducted to stimulate pedagogic culture, dialogue and development. The authors discuss the range of methods used in one study with the aim of teasing out pedagogical content knowledge, making implicit pedagogic knowledge more explicit and thereby malleable. The research design and methods deliberately foster dialogue with, rather than cast a judgmental gaze upon, teachers and learners of research methods. Rejecting observational methods on this basis, and declining action research because of the level of participant pedagogic knowledge and commitment required, the authors examine a combination of expert panel, video stimulated dialogue and diary methods for building pedagogic knowledge and culture. These ‘methods that teach’ are argued to offer value for other researchers working in new and emerging teaching fields, where pedagogy is particularly ‘hard to know’ and pedagogic content knowledge and pedagogic culture are underexplored or underdeveloped.
Nind, Melanie & Lewthwaite, Sarah (2018) Methods that teach: developing pedagogic research methods, developing pedagogy, International Journal of Research & Method in Education. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2018.1427057