Doing Research to Improve Teaching and Learning
A Guide for College and University Faculty
In this rapidly changing teaching and learning environment, one of the most promising ways for faculty at institutions of higher education to improve their teaching is to capitalize upon their skills as researchers. This book is a step-by-step guide for doing research to inform and improve teaching and learning.
With background and instruction about how to engage in these methodologies—including historical analyses, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods—the second edition of Doing Research to Improve Teaching and Learning discusses a process of working collaboratively and reflectively to improve one’s teaching craft. Full of updated, authentic examples from research studies, student work and instructor reflections, this valuable resource equips faculty with the skills to collect and use data and evidence-based instructional methods in any college and university classroom.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction Step 1: Study History and Understand Your Historical Context 2. Understanding the Historical Context of Higher Education 3. Learn about Your Current Climate and How your Course(s) Fit Step 2: Set Goals and Hypotheses for Student Learning 4. Using Assessment Data as Research Evidence to Improve Teaching and Learning Step 3: Know and Use Your Best Methodological Options and What Does Your Data Tell You? 5. Qualitative Research Methods in Teaching and Learning 6. Quantitative Research Methods in Teaching and Learning 7. Mixed Methods and Triangulation of Evidence 8. Case Studies and Pilot Studies Step 4: Reflect and Close the Loop 9. Reflective Collaborative Research Working Groups to Close the Loop and Continue the Process 10. Conclusions: So What and Now What?
Kimberly M. Williams is an Independent Educational Consultant.