Posted on: July 2, 2014 by: John Sharp
educationUndergraduate is Bishop Grosseteste University’s journal of student research. The journal showcases excellent education-based research projects undertaken by those at foundation and undergraduate level across the range of education programmes the university offers. educationUndergraduate articles represent the diversity of current issues in education research, policy and practice. First published in 2007, and produced in both hard bound and electronic formats, the journal is published annually, incorporating all the standard journal features and has its own ISSN (a copy is lodged with the British Library in London). Following the assessment of research projects normally culminating in a conventional thesis in the final years of study, lecturers recommend student projects for inclusion and work with students to revise their projects for submission in journal format. The selection criteria are essentially those of any generic educational journal. These are then further edited by a panel of senior academics, mirroring the process of peer review for external publication. The students themselves give permission for their work to be published in this way and participate fully in the process. For our forthcoming 2014 issue, the students involved have also been invited to our ‘Celebration of BGU Research Conference’ in September where their work will be acknowledged by our Vice Chancellor.
Originally conceived as a celebration of undergraduate research, perhaps educationUndergraduate’s most tangible and direct benefit is as a teaching and learning resource. Its articles provide relevant, appropriate and accessible models associated with the very particular and perennially challenging task of designing, undertaking and writing up a small-scale research project. The journal is used as a resource by academics and learning developers teaching, for instance, how to draft an abstract, focus a literature review and construct an argument or present and analyse data. Similarly, students make extensive independent use of the journal’s articles, which represent studies of a comparable scale and level to those which they are undertaking. The electronic editions of educationUndergraduate are among the most frequently accessed areas of the university’s virtual learning environment.
Building on this success, the university is considering the production of a companion journal for the publication of post-graduate research drawing on masters, doctoral and other independent projects, in order to disseminate outcomes and provide a structured stepping stone to publication nationally and internationally.
Attributions: John Sharp, Jane Sharp and Hazel Kent, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln