Workshop: Study Design For Veterinary Education Research

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Background: Study design in educational research inspires great debate. What is the best way to measure ‘learning’ or ‘teaching’; how can one achieve a representative sample of students from those who have self-selected into the veterinary programme; and is it ethical to withhold education to one group in order to provide a robust study control? Jill MacKay teaches Research Methodology and Planning for two MSc programmes at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and will explore common questions in educational research, focussing on what how research design impacts our conclusions.

Structure of Workshop:
Participants will discuss their own concerns/questions with study design with the facilitator and then, in small groups, critique a number of veterinary education studies (from willing volunteers). We will discuss why compromises to study design may have been necessary, and suggest alternatives. Participants will then workshop through some scenarios and present to the group for critique. Participants should feel free to bring their own research questions to the workshop, but will otherwise be supplied research questions from a pre-selected list. The workshop conclusions will be reported on social media and a ‘living document’ created on Google Drive to collate the findings.

Intended Outcomes:
• Identify data types (nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio, and qualitative) from data and their limitations and advantages
• Describe common ethical scenarios surrounding educational studies
• Describe pragmatic alternatives to common study design challenges

Who Should Attend:
Those with an interest in educational research, particularly those who feel inexperienced with educational research design.

Level: Postgraduate
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018
EventVetEd: VetEd Symposium 2018 - Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: 4 Jul 20185 Jul 2018


ConferenceVetEd: VetEd Symposium 2018
Abbreviated titleVetEd 2018
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