Teaching Research Methods : a pragmatic approach

Carty, Robert (2007) Teaching Research Methods : a pragmatic approach. Investigations in university teaching and learning, 4 (2). pp. 98-105. ISSN 1740-5106


Research Methods modules are normally a compulsory component of undergraduate and postgraduate business and management modules, often designed with the intention of underpinning dissertations or research projects. Previous studies suggest that students often find such modules challenging and difficult to relate to, and recommend a number of different approaches to lessen these difficulties and to improve the student experience of research methods modules. This paper describes an approach to teaching research methods to a particular type of student that has proved successful both in terms of student appreciation and in improving the submission rate and quality of the associated dissertations. It is not suggested that this approach is universally generalisable, but it contains features that may benefit other institutions and research methods tutors.

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