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Transition to Research: experiencing new paradigms.

  The transition from undergraduate study to postgraduate research is a difficult one for students to negotiate. Similarly, the transition from disciplinary researcher to pedagogic researcher is a difficult transition for staff to undertake. There are similarities between the processes; transition from certainty to uncertainty, negotiation of a new paradigm, and both an epistemological and ontological shift. As such, the processes should result in a transformative learning experience (Mezirow, 1990, 1991). However, there are hurdles to overcome (Cousin, 2010; Meyer & Land, 2005) before the transition to researcher is complete. Transitions to Research in both contexts are being considered at Edinburgh Napier University, and are supported in a number of ways, via writing groups, a researcher development programme, our PGCTLHE, the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Resource Bank, and the peer reviewed journal, JPAAP. We will look at the similarities between the challenges postgraduate students and novice pedagogic researchers have to face, and take lessons from successful strategies.

  • Date:

    01 June 2015

  • Publication Status:


  • Publisher

    Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Scotland (QAA)

  • Library of Congress:

    LB2300 Higher Education

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    378 Higher education


Tierney, A. & Barkess, G. (2015). Transition to Research: experiencing new paradigms



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