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Research to improve specialist knowledge: an HE in FE perspective

Publication type
Feather, D. (2014) Research to improve specialist knowledge: an HE in FE perspective . Research in Post-Complusory Education, 19 (3). pp. 310-322.

Abstract

The aim of this research was to establish whether lecturers in further education colleges (FECs) delivering higher education business courses (HEBCs) undertook research to improve their specialist knowledge. A critical analysis of the literature was undertaken, providing an overview of what is understood by the term ‘research’. Lecturers in FECs were then asked if they undertook research to improve their specialist knowledge. The primary research comprised the narratives of 26 lecturers, geographically dispersed across the Yorkshire and Humber region in the United Kingdom. Barriers to undertaking research identified from the narratives were those of time, bureaucracy, and heavy workloads. The findings showed that for some lecturers, research is viewed as bipolar – that is, research to keep abreast of the subject(s) they delivered, or research to provide new knowledge. Further, that some lecturers had a laissez-faire approach to their subject area and the acquiring of new knowledge, instead practising what one lecturer coined as ‘reading to teach’.
Publication type:
Article
Theme(s) and sub-theme(s):
Research > Institutional research infrastructure
Authors:
Feather, D
Publication title:
Research in Post-Complusory Education
Official URL:
Reference number:
HEER000483
Summary deposited on:
7 Aug 2014
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