The Relevance of Research for the Improvement of Education and Professional Practice

The purpose of this chapter is to discuss the relevance of research for the improvement of professional education in universities of applied sciences and professional practice in the relevant occupations. The chapter discusses four arguments that have been used to introduce research in professional programmes: (1) Teaching will improve if the staff engage in research (research-based teaching), (2) students will learn more if they come into contact with research (research-based learning), (3) professional practice will improve if professional workers in their training learn how to base their work on research-based knowledge (research-based practice), and (4) professional programmes have an obligation to improve the knowledge basis of professional work through research (research-based knowledge production). The first three arguments focus on the importance of basing professional programmes on research, while the fourth argument concerns the importance of doing research to enhance ‘evidence-based’ knowledge. Although these arguments are closely related, they are analytically distinct and will be examined separately

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Title The Relevance of Research for the Improvement of Education and Professional Practice
Category Academic chapter/article/Conference proceedings
AuthorKristin Heggen
AuthorBerit Karseth
AuthorSvein Kyvik
publication year2010
isbn978-1-4020-9243-5