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ERIC Number: EJ876448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
Some Preliminaries to Action Research with Mature Students
Hartley, James; Norton, Lin
Psychology Teaching Review, v10 n1 p52-60 Aug 2002
Since the report of the National Committee of Inquiry into Higher education (1997) on university teaching in the UK, there has been increasing emphasis on the professionalization of university teaching. Following the expansion of higher education, and widening student diversity there is even more of a need for teachers to teach well. Pedagogical action research with its emphasis on improving practice is one way to meet this need. In this paper we report on research with mature students where the findings from over 40 British research studies suggest that: 1. Understanding the experience of mature students in higher education is an area that lecturers could usefully explore using an action research framework; and 2. Psychologists are particularly well placed to carry out such research with their theoretical understandings and research skills. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom