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Making Connections: Research and Professional Development in HE

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Letterkenny Institute of Technology

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Prof Goos (UL) discusses educational research, what is evidence and how can research positively impact teaching and professional development

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This seminar is entitled Making Connections: Research and Professional Development. It is aligned with one of the primary aims of the National Professional Development Framework to guide networking and peer learning opportunities for those who are engaged in their own professional development. The theme of the seminar will focus on how research can make a difference to the professional development of those who teach in Higher Education (HE).

Considering the increased emphasis on educators engaging in educational research and on championing innovative teaching and learning strategies, there is a growing need to support the professional growth of teachers through learning, reflection and collaboration. Therefore, this seminar will explore the concepts of collaborative professionalism and how to build a shared expertise of educational research to support the professional growth of HE teaching staff. In particular, the seminar discussion will focus on the impact of research on practice. It will offer opportunities for participants to consider how professional development frameworks can create new spaces for learning that are centred on making connections with teaching colleagues across HEIs, with students and with key stakeholders such as professional bodies or representatives from industry.

The seminar will explore the timely challenges of what exactly constitutes evidence in terms of the impact of educational research, where to look for this evidence and then what to do with the evidence. Seminar participants will be given space to identify and explore the synergies between their respective professional development plans and frameworks.

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