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Abstract

Research methods courses can provide essential opportunities for graduate students to develop themselves as researchers. This article offers insights into the application of creative pedagogy and praxis for a graduate-level qualitative research methods class. Students learned and applied the innovative research method—gender audit as process and method—to understand the gendered nature of University social media accounts. Applying principles of collaborative learning and hands-on practice, students gained confidence in themselves as researchers while examining a contemporary issue affecting higher education institutions.

Keywords

Creative Pedagogy, Teaching Research Methods, Innovative Research Methods, Social Media Analysis, Gender Audit as Process and Method, Collaborative Learning, Gender Representation, Equity

Author Bio(s)

Dr. CohenMiller is a qualitative research methodologist who examines issues of equity in education. She uses arts-based approaches to encourage participant voice, as a means for analysis, and also to present results to reach a broader audience. Dr. CohenMiller’s research focuses on issues of gender in education and innovative pedagogy to improve teaching and learning in preK – higher education contexts. She is Founder of The Motherscholar Project (www.motherscholar.org), Co-Founding Director of The Consortium of Gender Scholars (www.gen-con.org, Kazakhstan), Editor-in-Chief of Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy (www.journaldialogue.org), and a Founding Member of the Higher Ed Learning Collective. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: anna@cohenmiller.com.

Nurlygul Smat Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: Nurlygul.Smat@nu.edu.kz.

Aisulu Yenikeyeva Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: Aisulu.Yenikeyeva@nu.edu.kz.

Kuralay Yassinova Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: Kuralay.Yassinova@nu.edu.kz.

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Ronald Chenail and The Qualitative Report editorial team for their keen insight and encouraging comments on an earlier draft of this article.

Publication Date

5-3-2020

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