Ethics review and student research
Funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT), National Teaching Fellow Lisa Wynn visited 14 universities from every state and territory of Australia, investigating the barriers that teachers and universities face to expanding student research -- in particular, the barrier of obtaining ethics clearance for human research.
That learning through research is a valuable pedagogical method. Independent research gives students the personal experience of seeing the unexpected turns taken during real research, in a way that talking about it in the classroom cannot. Doing their own research gives students ownership over their learning, leading to high levels of engagement in the classroom and outside of it.
To find out what kinds of policies either hinder or facilitate a research-led undergraduate curriculum where students undertake original research.