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Exploring the nature of teaching and learning: an explicit examination of the contribution of educative relationships to effective higher education pedagogy and the role of self- study in the development of teacher professional identity

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dc.contributor.advisor Moore, Sarah
dc.contributor.advisor Coughlan, Barry
dc.contributor.author Mannix McNamara, Patricia
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-14T14:45:43Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-14T14:45:43Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2536
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The quality of teaching that occurs within academic institutions has begun to feature more frequently in recent academic discourse. However, the types of educative relationships created with students features less frequently in the discourse. Yet they are an important aspect of the learning process. How academics understand the nature of their teaching and their impact on the learning of their students is an important consideration for those who seek to champion the development of mindful and empowering teaching in higher education. This research sought to explore my lived experiences of teaching and learning in higher education. A self-study action research methodology was chosen in which I sought to examine how students understood the nature of the educative relationships they experienced in higher education. It also explored in depth the nature of the educative relationships that I created with my students and how this impacted on their learning. The research was characterised by deep reflection on my practice as an educator in a university setting. A qualitative approach was employed and data were collected from a variety of sources such as student interviews, student focus groups, student reflective journals, evaluations of my teaching, focus groups with a team of critical peers, and my own research diary. Self-study action research facilitated me to develop my own theory of my practice as a higher education teacher. It illuminated the importance of educative relationships and the role of empowerment in student learning. It also gave me insight into the potential of empowerment as a prevailing ethos in higher education which can be facilitated by encouraging teachers to be more pedagogically reflective. Supervision is an important pedagogical relationship and needs to be reconceptualised in a manner that does justice to its pedagogical dimensions. Universities need to find creative and engaging ways to really listen to the voices of their students and action research is one way in which to do this. Action research has much to offer because it encourages academics to think in scholarly ways about their practice. It is important that we listen to and gain deeper insight into higher education teachers’ conceptualisation of their identity as teachers in order to champion teaching as a scholarly activity. It could significantly aid the development of a more holistic higher education pedagogy that prioritises scholarship of teaching and supervision. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject quality of teaching en_US
dc.subject academic institutions en_US
dc.subject higher education en_US
dc.title Exploring the nature of teaching and learning: an explicit examination of the contribution of educative relationships to effective higher education pedagogy and the role of self- study in the development of teacher professional identity en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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