In this paper, we describe a case study of an undergraduate course on research methodology, in which lecture was reduced to a minimum and replaced with experiential learning activities. The course design was project-based and spiraled through four phases: a mini-lecture on a given research method, an “early practice” activity, and “reflection on practice” tutor-guided small group collaborations which led to deeper understanding of the given research method. This particular course design constitutes a paradigm shift in comparison to the predominant in Greek higher education didactic pedagogical model. How this paradigm shift was received and experienced by the participating students? In order to get rich insights into the lived experiences of the participants (N=15), we adopted a blended qualitative research approach: thematic analysis combined with students’ critical reflections on their experience, aiming to produce a thick description of our intervention. The course design and implementation positioned students and their tutors as knowledgeable actors able to contribute research insights through their transactions.
Experiential Learning, Reflective Practice, Group Work, Qualitative Research, Case Study
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Brailas, A., Avani, S., Gkini, C., Deilogkou, M., Koskinas, K., & Alexias, G. (2017). Experiential Learning in Action: A Collaborative Inquiry. The Qualitative Report, 22(1), 271-288. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol22/iss1/15