Mapping the landscape of engineering education research: An Australian perspective

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Conference Proceeding
SEFI Annual Conference 2014, 2014
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The landscape model presented in this paper stimulated dialogue around the nature of topics and research in our community and allowed participants to find a place to belong. We argue that such a dialogue will help us identify, develop and grow our research domain and support those seeking to participate in or move within it. We propose a developmental model that combines the landscape with active pursuit of the characteristics exhibited in quality research. We found that one indication of progress of an emerging researcher on their developmental journey is their use of multiple perspectives, interpretations and dimensions in their research. We suggest that such a model would encourage improvements in quality of the studies in all areas of the landscape, rather than the perception that improvement can be achieved by adopting a specific approach or type of research. A practice versus research dichotomy is ultimately divisive and does little to assist researchers develop their expertise. We believe national conferences should provide a forum for all authors in an environment aimed at improving the quality of research, publications and the development of academics wherever they are on the landscape.
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