22 SES 08 C, Academic Work and Professional Development
Parallel Paper Session
Since 2006 The Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences at Kingston Univdersity/St George's University of London has engaged an outside consultant to act as a research mentor (RM) to lecturers to assist them in undertaking educational evaluative research into innovations in teaching, learning and student support, and in writing up the research into articles for publication. Although success of this mentoring can be measured purely in terms of outputs (projects completed and articles published), there is a perceived need to evaluate this mentorship in terms of the impact that such mentoring has had on the development of lecturers and on sustainability of educational research and publishing in the Faculty. A research project has been undertaken into lecturers’ perceptions of working with the RM in terms of their own learning and development and future capacity to engage in research and publishing activities.
The aim of the study was to measure the impact on lecturers of having access to a research mentor (RM) to help them to engage in educational evaluative research and to publish their research in professional/academic journals
The research questions were:
1. What are the perceptions of academic staff who have worked with the outside consultant (research mentor) with regard to the development of their research skills?
2. What outputs have resulted in using the research mentor?
The stages of the research and publication process formed the theoretical framework for the study, i.e.:
· Development of the idea for the project
· Development of the evaluation /research questions
· Development of the evaluation / research plan
· Development of the literature review
· Development of the evaluation/research design
· Development of the data collection tools
· Data collection (e.g., interviewing, running focus groups)
· Data analysis
· Writing report for internal use
· Writing article for publication
· Revising article for publication
· Application for funding
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