The Practice-Based Research Initiative (PBRI) is about gaining better understanding of complex phenomena in practice settings, with the aim of influencing change and enhancing the practice itself. High quality activity of this kind is of significance in terms of its current and potential contribution to the University’s academic and practice reputation.
A PBRI hub of training, development and mentoring has been established within the Centre for Learning & Teaching, initially facing towards the faculties of Education and Health & Social Care and areas of FAS which are practice and practitioner focused.
Research in higher education
- An introduction
Support for undertaking research in the area
Guides to research methodologies (e.g. case studies, grounded theory, ethinography, phenomenographs
Quantitive research methods
Mixed methods research
Resources to support SOTL
The PBRI provides:
- training in qualitative and qualitative research methods
- a resources bank of methodology and methods and established educational research and evaluation toolkits, illustrated by relevant examples from outside the organisation
- mentoring for identification of research opportunities, framing enquiry and data analysis
- support for writing for publication including peer review activities and guidance on appropriate publication outputs.
The initiative is led by Professor Mark Schofield and includes inputs from established practice-based researchers from within and beyond the University.