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Using focus group research to support teaching and learning

Winlow, H, Simm, D, Schaaf, R and Marvell, A (2012) 'Using focus group research to support teaching and learning.' Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 37 (2). pp. 292-303. ISSN 0309-8265

Abstract

Using qualitative research methodologies for pedagogic research can provide informative insights into student experiences of the teaching and learning environment in Higher Education. This paper considers the practicalities of undertaking a pedagogic study using focus groups by outlining strategies for effective focus group organization, highlighting good practice from the social sciences and pedagogic literature and providing a critique of a recent geographical study, in which focus groups were used as the sole research method. Furthermore, the paper illustrates how a pedagogic research study can be used to enhance teaching and learning and to inform curriculum planning and course management.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Focus groups, pedagogic research, qualitative methodologies, reflection, Foundation degrees, student support
Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2013 11:30
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2014 23:56
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