22 SES 11 C, Critically Examining The Relationships between Research, Teaching and Students’ Learning in Higher Education
As lecturers consider the RT nexus as evident (Brew, 2006), it remains implicit in education. Our contribution discusses the construction and validation of an instrument for mapping the RT nexus at course level. The results should enable lecturers to reflect in order to enhance the nexus (Elen & Verbugh, 2008). Healey’s framework was chosen as the theoretical basis for a questionnaire for lecturers (Jenkins & Healey, 2005). First, face validity was guaranteed by discussing the questionnaire with experts. Then the questionnaire consisting of 32 items was completed for 168 courses by the lecturers of the Department of Political and Social Sciences (response rate 70%). Statistical analyses provide evidence for the convergent validity and internal consistency of the items. Radar charts were used to show the RT nexus profile of the courses. To continue the validation process, data collection will be expanded to other scientific fields (economic sciences, ((bio)medical) sciences,…) to verify how robust the instrument is in other contexts. In order to compare the lecturers’ perception with the students’ experience the questionnaire will also be completed by students. The results of this validation process will enable to further define and modify (if needed) the framework of Healey.
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