2015 Awards for National Forum Postgraduate Scholarship for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

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The National Forum in partnership with the Irish Research Council, invites applications for a National Forum Postgraduate Scholarship for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  The National Forum’s overall mission is to enhance teaching and learning across the entire Higher Education sector working through priority enhancement themes. Applicants’ proposed research must examine areas relevant to the work of the National Forum, as indicated by the current enhancement theme, “Teaching for Transitions”, as outlined below.

Proposed research aligned to the “Transitions” theme can encompass a wide range of questions, indicatively this could include: disciplinary transition for learners, the adoption of new pedagogical approaches, professional development approaches and the transformative approaches of using technology in higher education teaching.  All disciplinary perspectives are welcomed and encouraged.  A fuller list of the dimensions of the theme are provided below.

Role of the National Forum

A key part of the Forum’s activity is the advancement of the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education and the development of enhanced practices which are supported by contemporary pedagogical research.

In fulfilling its mission, the National Forum will be developing a range of evidence-based resources, frameworks and roadmaps for effective teaching and learning, stimulating sectoral dialogue, collaborating with key groups and engaging in essential research.

It is in this context that the Forum seeks applications from scholars interested in researching contemporary issues in higher education teaching and learning.  The Forum especially welcomes applications from those who are willing to share their emergent research findings with the wider higher education teaching and learning community in the spirit of stimulating dialogue, debate and practitioners’ re-appraisal of their teaching and learning approaches. 

 

Enhancement Theme: Teaching for Transitions

The ability for learners to make successful transitions at key points in their education is crucial for their development and for the quality of their learning. There are many important transitions that learners have to navigate: the transition from second level to third level, the transition from undergraduate education to employment or to postgraduate research and learning. Other transitions relevant to many learners include the transition from one national culture to another, the transition (in the case of mature learners) from a work-based environment back to an educational one, or the transition from one mode of learning (e.g. full-time, conventional) to another (e.g. distance, blended or e-learning modes). The enhancement theme will help to inform the focus of our activities by stimulating innovation and excellence when it comes to supporting these transitions through effective teaching and learning.

All funded research will converge around the enhancement theme as outlined above but may also include the following dimensions:

 

  • Transformative approaches to using technology in higher education teaching
  • Discipline-specific interventions that support learning
  • Key skills development in higher education (e.g. academic writing, numeracy, effective approaches to study and learning)
  • Principles of universal design for learning to support diverse learning groups
  • The effective use of data to support the development and enhancement of teaching
  • Effective pedagogical practice within and across academic disciplines
  • The characteristics of effective teachers and teaching environments
  • Professional development in teaching and learning
  • Other appropriate dimensions linked to the current enhancement theme (teaching for transitions)

 

 

National Forum Scholarships 2014 Awards Made

The National Forum is pleased to announce that through its Teaching & Learning Scholarships scheme, three PhDs have been awarded in 2014.  Working in partnership with the Irish Research Council, the scholarships have been awarded to successful applicants for research proposals which will examine areas relevant to the work of the National Forum on the “Teaching for Transitions” enhancement theme.  The Scholars are:

  • Gertrude Cotter (University College Cork) ‚ÄúCivic Engagement in Social Justice Issues: Examining the Impact of Transformative and Innovative Pedagogical Methods on Student Teachers at University College Cork and on Local and International Communities of Interest‚Äù
  • Diarmaid Hyland (Dublin City University) ‚ÄúInvestigating students‚Äô difficulties with differential equations in physics‚Äù
  • Buse Gamze Ustundag (Dublin City University) ‚ÄúAn investigation into the acculturation experiences of Muslim students in third level education in the Republic of Ireland‚Äù

The scholars will participate in a range of Forum activities during the course of their scholarship to share emerging research findings and contribute to the wider development of the scholarship of teaching and learning across the Irish higher education sector.

TEACHING FOR TRANSITIONS

The ability for learners to make successful transitions at key points in their education is crucial for their development and for the quality of their learning. There are many important transitions that learners have to navigate: the transition from second level to third level, the transition from undergraduate education to employment or to postgraduate research and learning. Other transitions relevant to many learners include the transition from one national culture to another, the transition (in the case of mature learners) from a work-based environment back to an educational one, or the transition from one mode of learning (e.g. full-time, conventional) to another (e.g. distance, blended or e-learning modes). The enhancement theme will help to inform the focus of our activities by stimulating innovation and excellence when it comes to supporting these transitions through effective teaching and learning.

All funded research will converge around the enhancement theme as outlined above, but may also include the following dimensions:

  • Transformative approaches to using technology in higher education teaching
  • Discipline-specific interventions that support learning
  • Effective pedagogical practice within and across academic disciplines
  • Key skills development in higher education (e.g. academic writing, numeracy, effective approaches to study and learning)
  • Principles of universal design for learning to support diverse learning groups
  • The effective use of data to support the development and enhancement of teaching
  • The characteristics of effective teachers and teaching environments
  • Professional development in teaching and learning
  • Other appropriate dimensions linked to the current enhancement theme (teaching for transitions)

Please note that applications from all disciplines were considered (e.g. Humanities, STEM disciplines etc.)

List of Conditions

Successful National Forum scholars must meet the Irish Research Council’s criteria for eligibility, terms and conditions. Scholars will be required to liaise with the National Forum core team, to share emerging research findings, to collaborate with other Forum scholars and to participate in National Forum events including for example the annual conference of the National Forum, sectoral dialogue workshops and other events and activities that may be required by the Forum.