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ERIC Number: EJ895143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Can Inquiry-Based Learning Strengthen the Links between Teaching and Disciplinary Research?
Spronken-Smith, Rachel; Walker, Rebecca
Studies in Higher Education, v35 n6 p723-740 Sep 2010
Inquiry-based learning has been promoted as a student-centred approach that can strengthen the links between teaching and research. This article examines the potential of inquiry-based learning to strengthen the teaching-research nexus by analysing three case studies: a "structured inquiry" third-year endocrinology medicine module, a "guided inquiry" second-year political communications course and an "open inquiry" third-year ecology course. The relation between teaching and research differed significantly amongst these three cases and led to a reconceptualisation of inquiry-based learning. A model was then developed to link the focus of learning (using Levy's framing of information or discovery-oriented inquiry) with the level of independence and the potential strength of the teaching-research nexus. The findings show that, if teachers are aiming for strong links between teaching and research, they should adopt an open, discovery-oriented inquiry-based learning approach. However, more structured and guided forms of inquiry can be useful to progressively develop particular inquiry skills. (Contains 3 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand