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Transition to Research: experiencing new paradigms.

Tierney, Anne; Barkess, Gr�inne


Anne Tierney

Gr�inne Barkess


The transition from undergraduate study to postgraduate research is a difficult one for students to negotiate. Similarly, the transition from disciplinary researcher to pedagogic researcher is a difficult transition for staff to undertake. There are similarities between the processes; transition from certainty to uncertainty, negotiation of a new paradigm, and both an epistemological and ontological shift. As such, the processes should result in a transformative learning experience (Mezirow, 1990, 1991). However, there are hurdles to overcome (Cousin, 2010; Meyer & Land, 2005) before the transition to researcher is complete. Transitions to Research in both contexts are being considered at Edinburgh Napier University, and are supported in a number of ways, via writing groups, a researcher development programme, our PGCTLHE, the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Resource Bank, and the peer reviewed journal, JPAAP. We will look at the similarities between the challenges postgraduate students and novice pedagogic researchers have to face, and take lessons from successful strategies.

Conference Name 12th Enhancement Themes Conference
Start Date Jun 9, 2015
End Date Jun 11, 2015
Acceptance Date Jun 9, 2015
Online Publication Date Jun 1, 2015
Publication Date Jun 11, 2015
Deposit Date Mar 3, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 3, 2016
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords Transition; postgraduate research;
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Contract Date Mar 3, 2016