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Inspiring student and teacher through research-led teaching; a pilot study

This is a pilot study demonstrating the beneficial relationship of the teaching-research nexus through integration of the teacher’s disciplinary research on human papillomavirus and cervical cancer into the second year undergraduate medical curriculum. Students were required to research the literature on specified themes of the topic through Student Project Cases (SPCs) designed as part of the curriculum to involve them in inquiry-based, active learning. Students worked in small groups to respond to specified topic objectives through the production of both written reports and oral presentations. Questionnaires and focus group interviews examined students’ understanding of research, their knowledge of this particular SPC topic and the impact of research on their attitude to learning. Our findings indicated that students had variable understanding of research and knowledge of the topic prior to engaging in the SPC activity. Student feedback also showed an overall positive effect research had on their attitudes to learning and their engagement with the topic. Student feedback was inspiring to the teacher providing new research directions. These findings suggest the value of exploring and introducing learning designs that have their basis within the teaching-research nexus and more importantly that students play an important role as partners of the nexus.

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Work-based learning in undergraduate programmes: A literature review of the current developments and examples of practice

This article aims to give an overview of the current literature on work-based learning at higher education level in the UK. It examines why work-based learning should be incorporated in the undergraduate curriculum, how it can be successfully designed and implemented, and how it can be more widely available to all students regardless of their discipline. More specifically, this review clarifies some key concepts and defines work-based learning in the context of higher education programmes. It provides the rationale for including work-based modules into the curriculum by discussing its impact on employability and effective learning. It identifies some principles of best practice in the delivery of work-based learning. Finally, it discusses some examples of work-based modules implemented at Higher Education Institutions in the UK that illustrate how work-based learning can be embedded into theoretical programmes of study or can incorporate the learning derived from students’ existing part-time employment.

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