I conduct qualitative, educational research in the following broad areas of higher education:

  • Feedback practices in teaching and learning
  • Professional growth in teaching
  • Faculty careers and educational leadership

Research Projects – Current

Student Peer Feedback: Between 2016-2017, I worked with two UBC instructors who implemented student peer feedback approaches in their courses. Together, we carefully considered the course design, researched and selected student peer approaches, implemented and evaluated these (in terms of student learning and other) and then made further modifications to the course based on the evaluation data.

Social Network Analysis in Teaching and Learning: With Dr. Gary Poole and Roselynn Verwoord, we are examining how post-secondary instructors use significant networks to support their professional growth as teachers and SoTL scholars.

Based on our analysis of existing research on small significant networks pertaining to teaching and learning, our research poses the following questions:

(1) How are educators using networks in their own contexts to expand, refute or build their stories of teaching and learning and of SoTL?
(2) Do instructors perceive greater similarity among network members than among randomly chosen colleagues?
(3) Are there relationships among perceived similarity, value of interactions, and impact of the network on one’s teaching and research on teaching?
(4) What strategies can be employed to enhance the value of one’s networks?

To read brief summaries of past research projects, please go here.

My research skills include:

  • Designing a feasible qualitative research study
  • Conducting thorough literature reviews
  • Developing relevant research questions
  • Applying successfully to UBC’s Behavioural Ethics Board
  • Managing data collection processes (including recruitment, member checking, follow up with participants, and detailed documentation of research process)
  • Creating an interview protocol and conducting qualitative interviews
  • Analyzing data (using an iterative process of induction and deduction)
  • Coding and categorizing data
  • Being reflexive in my researcher role
  • Creating rapport with interview participants
  • Anticipating ethical issues and responding appropriately to these
  • Writing clearly and concisely

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