Dr Nadine Schaefer
Educational Development (Library and Educational Development)
I am an Educational Developer at the Educational Development Team with a strong interest in student voice and participatory research approaches. I am particularly interested in the theoretical, practical and pedagogical dimensions of research methodologies and methods and issues of quality and impact in HE contexts.
I have been involved with a range of projects including:
- a HEFCE funded project exploring the value of using research methods learning as a proxi measure for Learning Gain. As part of this we developed a learning toolkit for HE and FE contexts to support staff and student learning in this area. For further information, please have a look at:
- research identifying the education development needs of elected sabbatical officers to inform policy and practice in the area of student voice and student engagement.
- evaluations of the impact of the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education (PGCert ClinEd) and PGCAP at the University of Plymouth on participant's pedagogical understandings, practice and professional careers.
Currently, I am involved in a study exploring the impact of a buddy scheme on international students' (and their buddies') learning and well-being via a mixed method approach. Findings from this study aim to inform further research and practice.
Roles on external bodies
I am acting as reviewer for academic journals such as 'Journal of Geography in Higher Education'.
My teaching focuses in particular on:
Educational research - theory and practice
Quality assurance in HE environments
Student voice within (and beyond) HE contexts
I am particularly interested in ethics, voice and empowerment, students as agents/partners, creative and participatory pedagogical approaches.
Staff serving as external examiners
I act as Subject External Examiner for the Postgraduate Research in Education, Community and Society (PGRECS, 2016-2020) and the MA Social Research (2018 onwards) at Manchester Metropolitan University.