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ERIC Number: EJ782703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Challenging the Research Teaching Divide
Hughes, Julia Christensen
Education Canada, v48 n1 p52-54, 56-57 Win 2007-2008
Since their inception, North American universities have struggled with balancing their dual mandates of research and teaching. Over the past twenty years or so these activities have become increasingly polarized, with research activity (particularly that which brings in additional money) being given an ever more privileged and prestigious position. This point was made clear in the oft cited Smith Report, which concluded that "teaching is seriously undervalued in Canadian universities and nothing less than a total recommitment to it is required." The same point was also made at a recent Roundtable, held at the University of Guelph, which brought together educational specialists from across the country to explore the possibility of meaningfully integrating research and teaching in Canadian post-secondary education (PSE). This article identifies some of the reasons why the divide between research and teaching continues to exist; the importance of integrating research, teaching, and learning activities within PSE; and possible steps that might be taken in support of this important objective. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; United Kingdom