Using focus group research to support teaching and learning

Winlow, H, Simm, D ORCID: 0000-0002-0440-9546, 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

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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: School of Sciences
Chancelry and Research Management
School of Education
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Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2013 11:30
Last Modified: 25 May 2024 05:30
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