Bringing your Research into the Classroom

The significant growth of research in universities did not occur until the early twentieth century; and there is still a gap between research and teaching in many universities (Hattie and Marsh 1996). Even if being an outstanding teacher does not make one a great researcher, that does not mean research and teaching are not linked. That is why NYU Abu Dhabi is a liberal arts college, teaching global leaders, and still taking part in cutting edge research in the UAE.  Research and teaching can be incorporated in two different ways.

  • By bringing your research into the classroom
  • By using evidence-based teaching methods to enhance learning experience or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Four was to bring your research into the classroom

Figure 1: Different ways one can bring research into the classroom. Source: Healey and Jenkins 2009

The value of bringing your research into the classroom

For more details visit What does Research-Informed Teaching look like?

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Students’ experience of research in the classroom

Jay Lee, Class of 2022, History Major with a Minor in Psychology | Falconry with Professor Anne-Lise Tropato (CCEA)

Jay Lee, Class of 2022
History Major with a Minor in Psychology



Falconry with Professor Anne-Lise Tropato (CCEA)

The research that was integrated with the course was actually the professor's own project. She wanted to develop a database of artistic representations of falconry around the world across various time periods...Personally, being part of this research project has been immensely helpful. It really taught me to think outside the box of finding new sources and integrating them into the research. For example, I've only understood falconry in a European context, but I took the contents of the class and applied it to the research process. I began looking for artworks of falconry in the Middle East, the Americas, and even to my home country Korea. As I found a lot of sources that show falconry represented in Korea, I got more in touch with my country's culture and history, so it was even more meaningful for me”

Yusril Nurhidayat, Class of 2022, Social Research and Public Policy Major
                                        with a minor in Economics, Theater, and Political Science | Bringing Research into the Classroom

Yusril Nurhidayat, Class of 2022
Social Research and Public Policy Major with a minor in Economics, Theater, and Political Science

Bringing Research into the Classroom

"When you ask students to do research in a non methods class, introduce the topic in the beginning of the course and gradually teach them the skills needed to conduct in. " change it to "When you ask students to do research in a non methods class, introduce the topic in the beginning of the course and gradually teach them the skills needed to conduct it."
"Engage them by giving them assignments of what the research presentation was about or the methods used. If you want students to have personal discussion, invite you fellow researchers to class or make students schedule an interview with them personally then make them write a report." to "Engage them by giving them assignments on what the research presentation was about or the methods used. If you want students to have personal discussions, invite you fellow researchers to class or make students schedule an interview with them personally then make them write a report."

Practical ways of adding your research to the classroom

Course Design

  • Begin with sharing personal experiences of doing research and how that relates with the class you are teaching. It would be great if you showed solid examples so students can truly be engaged.
  • Update the course design in order to add recent research on the course topic. You can also encourage the students to come up with recent research and engage with it (e.g.  presentations).
  • Apart from discussing the topic and results of the research, introduce the methodology and process of knowledge.
  • Design the course for  students to look at different research on and off campus. There are many ways researchers within and out of NYUAD present their research such as NYUAD Institute.
  • There are also Capstone presentations by senior students in the fall and spring that would give students a look on how they will do their capstone in the future.

Assignments

  • Hone students’ skills by giving them projects that allow them to use different research methods. Since small research projects might be daunting in a non methods class, group work would be more preferred.
  • When you ask students to do research in a non methods class, introduce the topic in the beginning of the course and gradually teach them the skills needed to conduct in.  
  • Engage them by giving them assignments of what the research presentation was about or the methods used. If you want students to have personal discussion, invite you fellow researchers to class or make students schedule an interview with them  personally then make them write a report.
  • Research assignments should include essential aspects of a research process such as collecting/analysing data, finding references for literature review, and challenging former research.
  • Incentivise  students by promoting their research on NYUAD website or publications. This puts a responsibility on students to perform better and give them a solid reason to do research. You can also set a presentation for an end of class research where students present their work to those outside of class.

Sources:  Stanford integrating Research and Teaching in Practice and National College of Digital Skills’ Research Informed Teaching Strategy

Sources

Healey, M., 2005. Linking research and teaching to benefit student learning. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 29(2), pp.183-201.

Marsh, H.W. and Hattie, J., 2002. The relation between research productivity and teaching effectiveness: Complementary, antagonistic, or independent constructs?. The Journal of Higher Education, 73(5), pp.603-641.