The role of research in university teaching : a comparison of Chinese and Dutch teachers

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The role of research in university teaching : a comparison of Chinese and Dutch teachers

Title: The role of research in university teaching : a comparison of Chinese and Dutch teachers
Author: Hu, Yanjuan
Publisher: Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching (ICLON), Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2014-06-26
Keywords: Beliefs about teaching
Chinese higher education
Educational philosophy
Inquiry-based learning
Institutional context
Integrating research into teaching
International comparison
Master's thesis supervision
Research-teaching nexus
Abstract: This dissertation reports on the beliefs and perceptions of Chinese and Dutch university teachers regarding the role of research in university teaching and how these beliefs and perceptions can be explained by their cultural, institutional and individual background characteristics. Different aspects of their beliefs and perceptions were explored via a survey study and an in-depth interview study. In general, the Chinese and Dutch teachers were found to be surprisingly similar. Both groups highly valued the integration of research into teaching for student learning, and particularly valued the fostering of critical disposition. Both groups perceived less actual integration of research into their current teaching practices, which indicates a major gap between the ideal and actual. Despite these widespread similarities, some intriguing differences were also found in the interview study. The Chinese teachers were more explicit on the assessment and control of student process, and largely aimed at the attainment of competencies, which can better prepare the student for a future career. In contrast, the Dutch teachers frequently mentioned providing emotional support and posing questions to students as ways to monitor student progress, and aimed more at fostering student well-being and student interest in research.
Description: Promotores: N. Verloop, K. van Veen, Co-Promotor: R.M. van der Rijst
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Citation: Hu, Y., 2014, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Series/Report no.: ICLON PhD Dissertation Series;
ISBN: 9789490383145
Sponsor: This research was funded by the China Scholarship Council (CSC)

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