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Title: The nexus between teaching, research, scholarship and consultancy : an empirical study of the perceptions of staff within the discipline of Information Systems/Information Management
Author: Grant, Kevin
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2007
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Teaching and research tend to be seen as heterogeneous activities, yet in debates in the literature, they are often treated by inference as essentially homogeneous activities (Scott, 2003). Positivistic focused research studies, such as those of Terenzini and Pascarella (1994) and Hattie and Marsh (1996, 2002) on the nexus between teaching and research tend to ‘measure’ research output to evaluate teaching performance. These studies have concluded that, if a relationship between teaching and research did exist, it was marginal at best. Interpretive based studies, (Neumann, 1992, 1993; Rowland, 2000, 2004; Brew, 2003a, 2003b, 2004, and Jenkins, 2005) suggest that academic staff believe a nexus does exist between teaching, research and scholarship. The research philosophy adopted for this research is a (reflexive) phenomenological approach (practice shaping theory), used to structure UK IS/IM academics’ perception surrounding the nexus between teaching, research, scholarship and consultancy. Both quantitative and qualitative data has been obtained, comprising the results from a web-based questionnaire, (with a 30% response rate) and the analysis of twelve semi-structured interviews with six staff from a teaching-led university, and six staff from a research-led university. This research has found that a nexus is perceived to exist and is perceived to inform teaching practices between certain academic activities. Namely, teaching is informed via the process and product of research consultancy, but research and consultancy practices are not informed by teaching. In addition, this research has found that a nexus exists between research and consultancy and that this relationship is bi-directional. The area of scholarship is found to be messy and problematic in any nexus relationship. This research argues when conceptualising and enacting a nexus between teaching, research, scholarship and consultancy that a complex adaptive systems perspective is needed and that the nexus relationship should be relabelled a plexus web.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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