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Lecturer's pedagogical attributes and teaching quality for construction and engineering education in UK universities: mediating effect of research informed teaching

Ikediashi, Dubem; Moobela, Cletus; Leitch, Kenneth; Dan-Jumbo, Nimi; Dania, Afolabi; Akoh, Sani Reuben Reuben; Esangbedo, Paul

Authors

Afolabi Dania

Sani Reuben Reuben Akoh

Paul Esangbedo



Abstract

Purpose
Researchers have opined that the quality of commitment to pedagogical approaches by lecturers is one of the most important factors in determining student academic success. The purpose of this paper is to analyse the mediating effect of research informed teaching on the relationship between lecturer commitment to use of pedagogical approaches and teaching quality, with a view towards enabling delivery of high quality teaching and learning in HEIs.

Design/methodology/approach
The research is based on an online survey of the perception of 186 undergraduate and postgraduate students in four major UK universities. Covariance-based structural equation modelling (SEM) methodology was used to quantity and clarify the influence of lecturers' pedagogical attributes on teaching quality, mediated by research-informed teaching.

Findings
Findings reveal that: lecturers' pedagogical attributes have significant positive effect on teaching quality, research-informed teaching have significant positive effect on teaching quality, lecturers' pedagogical attributes have weak positive effect on research-informed teaching, and research-informed teaching partially mediates (indirect effect) the relationship between lecturers' pedagogical attributes and teaching quality.

Practical implications
Structural equation models are useful for clarifying concepts in pedagogy and have implications for education managers on how to improve teaching and learning in HEIs.

Originality/value
The paper presents a unique quantitative model for measuring the degree of teaching quality in universities.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 29, 2023
Online Publication Date Aug 15, 2023
Deposit Date Aug 12, 2023
Publicly Available Date Aug 15, 2023
Print ISSN 1758-1184
Electronic ISSN 2050-7003
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/jarhe-05-2023-0216
Keywords Pedagogy, lecturers, teaching quality, students, structural equation modelling, universities
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/3168249

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