The Data for Learning project is funded by LJMU and it will run from February until the end of July 2016. The research team includes Dr Fran Tracy, Simon Morris and Prof. Chris Jones. We will investigate the use of quantitative data in inquiry-based learning in the Social Sciences. We aim to identify sources of data that are openly accessible online and related to themes and issues relevant in the Social Sciences. We will also explore methods for data manipulation and visualisation that aid accessibility for use in inquiry-based learning. These are our research questions:
We will conduct a systematic review of literature to identify successful approaches to using quantitative data in inquiry-based learning in Higher Education. Initial findings from the literature review will be used to inspire further inquiry into the perceptions and experience of university staff on the use of quantitative data in their teaching. We also hope to recruit two student researchers to investigate the accessibility and quality of different quantitative data sources. Their findings will be used to populate an online database with links to data.
We will be presenting initial findings from the project at the LJMU teaching and Learning conference in June.