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ERIC Number: EJ815048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1360-144X
Enhancing Educational Research and Development Activity through Small Grant Schemes: A Case Study
Morris, Clare; Fry, Heather
International Journal for Academic Development, v11 n1 p43-56 May 2006
There are many funding schemes in existence for small projects in educational development, but fewer equivalent research schemes. Data from an evaluation of two schemes at one institution are used as the catalyst for considering such schemes in wider contextual and theoretical perspectives. The evaluation analysed success rate data, project reports, and feedback data collected from grant-holders. This case study addresses four questions: the areas of focus of grant-holder activity, the extent to which the schemes achieved desired objectives, the ways in which grant-holders value the schemes, and the factors contributing to success. It provides some supporting evidence for conclusions drawn in broader survey studies, considers the role of educational development units in such schemes and the place of educational development and research in an institution with a science-based culture and paradigm. Two theoretical lenses help illuminate the data, namely "communities of practice" and Boyer's classification of academic activities. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom