REF, TEF, and KEF; and the “research-informed” teaching and co-production traditions in local history: analysing provincial newspapers

Jackson, A.J.H. (2018) REF, TEF, and KEF; and the “research-informed” teaching and co-production traditions in local history: analysing provincial newspapers. International Journal of Regional and Local History, 13 (1). pp. 68-85. ISSN 2051-4530

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In the present universities are facing the introduction of a revised Research Excellence Framework, the extension of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework to subject-level assessment, and the emergence of a Knowledge Exchange Framework. Against this background are particular interests in, or imperatives surrounding, the development of research-informed activity involving undergraduate students, and in university public engagement. The practice of local history has a long and proud tradition of internally and externally collaborative and enquiry-led co-production in higher education and more broadly, and is now a fitting reference point and a timely source of inspiration. This research discusses the development of, and relationships between, REF, TEF and KEF, the place of research-informed teaching, and the contemporary significance of local history. The study also reports on some of the results of a student-engagement activity involving the indexing, analysis and interpretation of a provincial newspaper, for Ilfracombe, in Devon. Such a choice of primary source is particularly apt, not least because its demanding material format invites group reading and collective scrutiny. In addition, provincial-press publications yield and test knowledge of what the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries brought to districts and communities; they also demand an appreciation of conceptual and critical understanding; and, in addition, support diverse and advanced methodological experimentation.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Taylor and Francis. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in the International Journal of Regional and Local History. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Divisions: Research and Innovation Centre
Depositing User: Emma Sansby
Date Deposited: 30 May 2018 09:41
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2019 06:30

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