If you are interested in actually engaging in research on your own teaching and students’ learning, there is a paper entitled “Researching Tertiary Teaching and Learning”, which is offered every semester as part of the PGCert in Tertiary Teaching and Learning. For further details, please contact cettladmin@waikato.ac.nz.

You are also very welcome to contact CeTTL staff at any time if you want to discuss ideas about researching teaching and learning, or already have clear ideas and would like some support implementing them. We would love to work with you!

Selected books on researching teaching and learning

Brooks, R., te Riele, K., & Maguire, M. (2014). Ethics and education research. London, England: Sage.

Case, J., & Huisman, J. (Eds). (2016). Researching higher education: International perspectives on theory, policy and practice. Abingdon, England: Routledge.

Coe, R., Waring, M., Hedges, L. & Arthur, J. (2017). Research methods & methodologies in education (2nd ed.). London, England: SAGE.

Creswell, J. (2014). Educational research: Planning, conducting and evaluating quantitative and qualitative research (4th ed.). Harlow, England: Pearson Education.

Robson, C. & McCartan, K. (2015). Real world research (4th ed.). Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons.

Selected recent articles on researching tertiary teaching and learning

Harland, T. (2014). Learning about case study methodology to research higher education. Higher Education Research & Development33(6), 1113-1122. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2014.911253

Zepke, N. (2014). Student engagement research in higher education: Questioning an academic orthodoxy. Teaching In Higher Education19(6), 697-708. doi:10.1080/13562517.2014.901956

Zlatkin-Troitschanskaia, O., Blömeke, S., & Pant, H. (2015). Competency research in higher education: Conceptual and methodological challenges and perspectives for future interdisciplinary research. Peabody Journal of Education90(4), 459-464. doi: 10.1080/0161956X.2015.1068055

Useful websites

  • The HERDSA (Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia) website offers a range of useful resources and links for researching tertiary teaching and learning.
  • The UK-based Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE) website provides links to databases and publications on research in higher education.