Journal of Social Research Methodology

Editorial: The teaching and learning of social research methods

The International Journal of Social Research Methodology has published a new editorial on ‘The teaching and learning of social research methods: developments in pedagogical knowledge’ 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). This is the first article introducing a forthcoming special issue focused exclusively on pedagogy and the teaching and learning of research methods.


Social research methods have been taught in a systematic and widespread way within Western academia for much of the past century. With increasing demands facing the social research community – whether from funders, universities, or the public – building and sustaining the methodological capacity to navigate challenging and unfamiliar empirical terrain is becoming ever more important. Yet despite this, to date the teaching and learning of research methods has occupied a comparatively marginal position within broader methodological discussions in the social sciences. In this special issue on developments of pedagogical knowledge in social research methods, established researchers from a range of social science disciplines, international contexts, and methodological orientations engage with questions of how research methods are taught and learnt.

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