Building a bridge to pedagogic research: Teaching social science research methods to humanities practitioners

John Canning, Angela Gallagher-Brett

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Abstract

Disciplinary differences in approaches and methodologies to research present an important challenge to humanities practitioners wishing to engage in pedagogic research. This article outlines the development of a social sciences research methods workshop as an example of an intervention to provide a bridge for modern languages practitioners to engage with pedagogic research. The workshops have also raised questions about the capacity of UK higher educational institutions to provide research training for their staff at introductory levels, as well as identifying barriers to languages practitioners contributing to “generic” pedagogic research. Overcoming these barriers is a long term process, but in the shorter term the workshops are good way of raising awareness of social science research methods and offering a possible route into publishing pedagogic research which has an audience beyond the languages community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-9
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Higher Education
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010

Keywords

  • Humanities
  • Modern languages
  • Pedagogic research
  • Research methods

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