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Title: Striving against invalidity in qualitative research: Discussing a reflective framework
Authors: Pedrosa, MH
Lopes, B
Watts, DM
Keywords: Lecturing styles;Approaches to teaching;Orientation to teaching;Naturalistic - interpretative paradigm;Research quality
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: In Styles of practice in higher education: Exploring approaches to teaching and learning, 2013
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to discuss a reflective validation framework related with the study of teaching approaches, teaching styles or teaching orientations of university academics. In the recent years, and particularly since the eighties, there have been a growing number of investigations linking teaching conceptions with teaching practices. The majority of investigations dealing with university teachers’ conceptions and practices draw their conclusions based on indirect observation, since data gathering involves mainly semi-structured interviews or the application of questionnaires and inventories. Therefore ‘only-half-the-story’ has been reported. The presented validation framework has a five-part three-stage structure and was built upon earlier work (Selvaruby, O’Sullivan, & Watts, 2007). In this model validity is conceptualized as an ‘iterative-interactive-process’, therefore integrating a set of specific strategies envisaging the maximization of scientific quality. The application of the model is illustrated by using it for the discussion of a longitudinal study involving the investigation of the relationship between questioning practices and Trigwell and co-workers’ concept of preferential teaching approaches (Trigwell, Prosser & Taylor, 1994). Field work of this naturalistic-interpretative research was conducted during two academic years (2009/2010 and 2010/2011) and implied close collaboration with a group of four university teachers lecturing biology to undergraduates.
ISBN: 0415826055
Appears in Collections:Dept of Education Research Papers

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