Re-conceptualising the ‘teaching-research nexus’

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Research and Development in Higher Education: Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship Vol. 30

July, 2007, 651 pages
Published by
Geoffrey Crisp & Margaret Hicks
0 908557 72 8

This is a conceptual paper which re-thinks the underlying concepts behind the notion of “the teaching research nexus”. It is based on an extensive review of the literature, on an analysis of a number of case studies available in this area, and on our preparatory work for an empirical study of teaching, research and the links between them in four creative design subjects in the UK. A subsequent paper from that work will set out our empirical findings as viewed through the theoretical lens set out here. This paper has three sections: a summary of the conclusions from our review of the literature; the presentation of a more nuanced understanding of the nexus than is currently available, one rooted in an appreciation of structure as well as agency; finally a discussion of the implications of this revised understanding for theory, policy and practice, particularly in attempts to enhance the “nexus”.

Keywords: Teaching-research nexus; ideology; education policy

Re-conceptualising the ‘teaching-research nexus’

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Trowler, P. & Wareham, T.