Involving students in the research process, right from the start

What would pedagogic research look like if students were involved from the proposal stage? What would be the impact of including student representatives on ethics committees dealing with research involving students? I’ve recently been awarded a small-ish amount of money as part of the much larger EPSRC FRIICT project to investigate these issues in a case study.

I’m hoping that the lessons learnt in this case study will have wider significance for research governance and the implications for including research subjects much earlier into the research cycle, it’s just that at the foundation centre we do an increasing amount of research with out students, and they are close to hand for interviewing/ involving in committees 🙂

I would be really interested to hear about any attempts to include students into the research process in this way, or any thoughts that people might have about the process. Is this opening up the research too much? how will a student feel if they are involved in an unsuccessful bid? Will colleagues resent the intrusion or will they feel that their proposals are strengthened because of it? so much to look at!



About digitalscholar

I am a sociologist with an interest in new technology. Previously I’ve worked on a number of projects at Lancaster University and the Open University looking at the use of new technologies and social media by researchers. I was also a social sciences teaching fellow at the foundation centre at Durham University teaching sociology and anthropology. I am now a senior lecturer at the University of West London's Institute for Teaching, Innovation and Learning where I oversee the foundation provision and support retention. I'm sure I'll still be interested in, and occasionally blog about, tech related things. I use this blog to post thoughts about using new technologies in my professional academic life and wider thoughts and links relating to technology more generally.
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