The 6th Innovation in Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Awards at ECRM 2021

apple-256261__180 Teaching research methodology is a major challenge for many academics. To be a competent researcher it is necessary not only to acquire skills in the techniques, but also to have an understanding of the philosophical issues which underpin research. As a result, many research methodology courses are quite superficial with the emphasis being placed on collecting and analysing data. This is not really sufficient for the purposes of quality academic research.  However, some good work is being done in this field in various parts of the world and the Innovation in the Teaching of Research Methodology Awards provides an opportunity to highlight such initiatives.

To enter the competition this year we ask you, in the first instance, to submit a 300 word word abstract describing the initiative. If your proposal is suitable you will be invited to submit a case history of no more than 3000 words which will be considered as an entry to the competition. A panel of international adjudicators will evaluate the case histories. When preparing your abstract, keep in mind that full case history submissions will be structured around the following headings: Your full case history submission will be structured around the following headings:

      1.  Introduction to the specific objectives of the teaching initiative;
      2. The infrastructure i.e. people, systems, exercises, or perhaps hardware, software if any;
      3. The challenges that were encountered, how they developed and how they were overcome;
      4. How the initiative was received by the learners;
      5. The learning outcomes that were achieved and how they were measured and evaluated;
      6. Plans to further develop the initiative.

Authors of the top rated initiatives will be invited to register and attend the European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM) in Aveiro, Portugal  June 2021 to present their case histories to the judges and conference participants.

Finalists will also have their case histories included in a book.  Prizes will be awarded to the initiative judged to be the most creative thinking with regards to teaching Research Methodology.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission – Dates to be confirmed
Notification of Abstract Acceptance – 
Full Case History Submission – 
Finalists announced –

Teaching Research Methods Competition 2020 - ECRM  

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If you would like to view the Innovation in Teaching of Research Methodology Excellence Awards book click here.

Previous Winners

ECRM 2019

It ain’t Over Till it’s Published: Generating a Journal Article from a Thesis or Dissertation
Ruth de Villiers and Annemarie Davis, University of South Africa (UNISA), South Africa
Beyond Fiction and Science: Using Stories, Movies, and Games to Teach Qualitative Research
Nair Lakshmi Balachandran, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

ECRM 2018

An Integrative Approach to Teaching Research Methodology to Large Groups
Zeineb Djebali, University of Surrey, UK and Mark Saunders, University of Birmingham, UK

ECRM 2017

Developing Research Designs for Studies into Complex Socio-Technical Systems Jolien Ubacht, Bertien Broekhansand Bert Enserink, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands     

ECRM 2016   

Human Resource Reflective Project: Developing Researching Professionals
Paul-Alan Armstrong  and Patricia Bryans, University of Sunderland, UK

Finalists at ECRM 2016

ECRM 16 Award finalists

Using Storytelling to Teach Sampling Techniques Smirti Kutaula , Kingston University, Alvina Gillani, Surrey Business School and Mark Saunders, Birmingham Business School, UK

Developing Agents of Professional Learning in the Further Education Sector Julie Haddock-Millar , Middlesex University Business School, London, UK

Field Training Research Assistants: Underpinning Methodological Skills in Qualitative Research Martin Jamieson , Canterbury Christchurch University, UK