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Contested Territory: Negotiating the Space between Research and Teaching

Margaret Blackburn.

The question whether there is a connection between research and teaching as a keenly debated one in higher education. It has been stated that suggesting such a link may be little more than wishful thinking. Another view is that a link exists at an institutional but not an individual level. Changes in the higher education context, such as the increasingly commodified nature of many activities and the increasing pressures on academics' time, mean that the nature of any relationship between research and teaching must also be constantly modified and developed to suit new circumstances.

This paper examines different views about the relationship between research and teaching, if such a relationship exists, and seeks to chart new trends, directions and questions.


Margaret Blackburn  (New Zealand)
Principal Lecturer and Staff Development Manager
Faculty of Business
Auckland University of Technology

Margaret Blackburn is a principal lecturer in the Faculty of Business at the Auckland University of Technology. She teaches a business ethics course and currently chairs her university's ethics committee.Her academic staff development interests include assessment, mentoring and transformational learning.

  • Higher Education
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Nexus between research and teaching

(30 min Conference Paper, English)