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Teaching and research: The ‘strawberries and cream’ of psychology

Wednesday 25th November 2015 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

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Every day, psychology teachers in schools, colleges and universities teach their students about research. From Milgram to the latest brain-scanning study, research is the foundation upon which psychology is built. But it doesn’t have to stop at teaching about research; research and teaching belong together like strawberries and cream, bacon and eggs, Ant and Dec, yin and yang…they’re different from each other, but they complement each other perfectly.

This one-day workshop will explore the ways in which psychology academics, researchers and teachers in all parts of the education system can make the most of the relationship between teaching and research, whatever your role or whether you are based in a school, college or university. The day will begin with talks and activities focusing on using psychology to carry out research into teaching. How can you be a better teacher? How can you help your students to learn? Can you use your teaching practice to get published? After lunch, we’ll move onto thinking about getting students involved in research. What benefits do students get out of being actively engaged with real research? What can you get out of it? What are the issues you need to be aware of with regard to student research?

You’ll have an opportunity to meet and share ideas with other psychology academics, researchers and teachers, and to hear from expert psychologists who are keen to share their practice and enthusiasm for the research-teaching nexus.

A detailed programme will follow shortly. The DART-P AGM will be held during the lunch break; all DART-P members are encouraged to attend.

Confirmed speakers include:
Jamie Davies (Wyke Sixth Form College and Glyndwr University);
Dr Jane Guiller (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Dr Julie Hulme (Keele University and BPS DART-P)
Dr Alexandra Kent, Keele University


Keynote 1: Researching teaching; teaching research - Jamie Davies

Why do we research teaching and who is it for? How much pedagogical research actually makes its way to frontline teachers and what impact is it actually having? Jamie will explore the pleasures and the pitfalls in researching teaching from his first hand experience as a MSc researcher and work with his MSc students. He will consider questions such as: 'who we are researching?' and 'why we are conducting the research?'. Most importantly he will be discussing the ethical implications of educational research and issues with measuring the impact of classroom interventions. After all, aren’t all teachers researchers?

Workshop 1: Practical pedagogy %u2013 from planning to publishing - Dr Julie Hulme

Using our own research to inform our teaching is all very well, but how can we practically get started? Once we’ve done some research, how can we disseminate it so that others can benefit from what we’ve learned too? Where can we publish pedagogical research? Julie will lead us through some practical steps to start planning our own pedagogical research, and thinking about how can we make sure it has an impact on the psychology learning and teaching community. There will be lots of opportunities to learn from each other, and to ask questions of those with experience in this area.

Keynote 2: Partners in Learning: Engaging psychology students in research and inquiry - Dr Jane Guiller

Jane will discuss the benefits and challenges of bringing together research and teaching using a ‘students-as-partners’ approach (Healey, Flint & Harrington, 2014). Drawing on her experience in the psychology of learning and teaching and engaging students through innovative methods to promote the research-learning linkage, Jane will share ideas for getting students involved in inquiry-based learning to develop knowledge and understanding and make an active contribution to knowledge in both the discipline of psychology and to pedagogical research.

Keynote 3: Students as research assistants: The impact of assessment on student engagement with research activities - Alexandra Kent

Alexandra will discuss her experiences of involving students as research assistants on staff research projects. She has experience of research assistantship models that sit both inside and outside the students’ degree curriculum. In her talk she will explore the impact that summative assessment has on students’ engagement with the research activity.

Workshop 2: Maximising the Benefits of Student Researchers: - Alexandra Kent and Julie Hulme

There is so much more to collaborating with student researchers than exploiting them for free labour and then getting nothing done because you have to keep correcting their mistakes. If approached and managed carefully, being part of real academic research can be a transformative experience for the student that opens up new career possibilities. For academics, student researchers can ignite a fire under languishing research projects, boost productivity and challenge the unvoiced assumptions on which our practice is built. The result can be a productive, meaningful and enjoyable process for all involved. In this workshop we will introduce a variety of models available for including students as part of your research team whatever your resources. We will explore ways to maximize the benefits for both academics and students and to avoid common pitfalls and difficulties.

Please note registration for this event closed at 12.00 on Monday 23rd November.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.


Wednesday 25th November 2015

Draft Agenda

10:00Registration and Refreshments
10:30Welcome and Introduction - Dr Julie Hulme
10:45Keynote 1: Researching teaching; teach researching - Jamie Davies
11:15Workshop 1: Practical pedagogy – from planning to publishing - Dr Julie Hulme
12:15Lunch and networking, combined with DART-P AGM
13:30Keynote 2: Partners in learning: engaging psychology students in research and inquiry - Dr Jane Guiller
14:10Keynote 3: Students as research assistants: The impact of assessment on student engagement with research activities - Dr Alexandra Kent
14:40Workshop 2: Maximising the Benefits of Student Researchers: - Dr Alexandra Kent and Dr Julie Hulme
15:30Closing remarks and discussion - Dr Julie Hulme
15:50Conference close
16:00DART-P committee meeting
16:45DART-P Meeting Close

Speakers and Facilitators


Jamie Davies

Jamie Davies has been teaching A Level Psychology for 10 years and is the Head of Quality Systems at a medium sized Sixth Form where he spends most of his time looking at how student data can be used to support outcomes. He is also a senior lecturer with Glyndwr University on their MSc in the Teaching of Psychology. Amongst other projects he runs Resourcd, the largest community of psychology teachers in the UK, and occasionally writes and talks about psychology and teaching. He likes some technology in the classroom, but will often be found with a good notebook and pencil instead.

Dr Julie Hulme

Dr Julie Hulme is the Director of Learning and Teaching in Psychology at Keele University, a Chartered Psychologist and the Vice-Chair Teaching of DART-P. An enthusiastic psychology educator, she is passionate about applying psychology to learning and teaching. Her most recent interests have focused on psychological literacy, student transitions into university and assessment and feedback. Julie is an experienced workshop facilitator and staff developer, having spent several years working as the Discipline Lead for Psychology at the Higher Education Academy, where she is a Principal Fellow.

Dr Jane Guiller

Jane Guiller is a Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Sciences. Jane is also the Director of the School of Health and Life Sciences Learning Development Centre (LDC) and the Departmental Blended Learning Co-ordinator. She is a Chartered Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Jane runs the honours-level Cyberpsychology module and is also the Level 4 Co-ordinator for the BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology. Research interests include the psychology of online behaviour including social networking, online identity and immersive experience; in addition to learning and teaching in higher education such as technology-enhanced learning including situated learning in 3D virtual worlds and student-created open educational resources (OER).

Dr Alexandra Kent

Alexandra is a Lecturer in Psychology at Keele University. She specialises in discursive psychology and has established a Qualitative Research Lab to support all Keele psychology staff and students conducting research using qualitative methods. Her research combines a theoretical reworking of the way language and psychology are understood with detailed technical analyses of empirical data using conversation analysis. Her research interests include the negotiation of power and authority in interaction, crisis communication (including calls to emergency services), family mealtime interaction, and children’s talk and socialisation. Alexandra regularly offers both undergraduate and postgraduate students the opportunity to get involved with her research projects through assessed research apprenticeships, extra-curricula volunteering and summer internships.


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