ERIC Number: EJ991079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: 11
Linking Teaching and Research: An Alternative Perspective?
Teaching in Higher Education, v17 n5 p629-635 2012
In this article, the author discusses how universities and the academics who work in them understand the relationship between teaching and research. In several countries, acknowledgement of the need to link teaching and research has led to the development of institutional strategies to achieve this goal. In South Africa, the linking of teaching and research has become significant because of debates about differentiation in a system which continues to be structured by its apartheid past. About 5 of the 23 public universities produce the bulk of research and postgraduate outputs whilst the rest focus mainly on undergraduate teaching. Funding favours research, however, and many universities are seeking to increase research outputs although the need for quality teaching at undergraduate level remains paramount given low participation and success rates amongst black students. Recent research examining the first round of reviews of South African universities conducted by the national quality assurance agency identified a number of accounts of the relationship between teaching and research. Explanations varied across the self evaluation reports produced by the universities as part of review processes but generally related to (1) the infusion of research findings into the curriculum; (2) the possibility of students being taught by "research-active" staff members; and (3) the use of research on teaching and learning to improve teaching and learning.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Instruction, Research, Relationship, Faculty Workload, Financial Support, Institutional Research, Self Evaluation (Groups), Theory Practice Relationship, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa