Research Experience and Learning (REaL)

Real-world involvement in social scientific research for undergraduate students at NUI Galway

The Research Experience and Learning (REaL) Scheme was designed and developed by Dr Mike Hynes in 2016 to afford undergraduate student practical and real-world experience of social scientific research design and methods. Real learning in this domain is grounded in research and research-like activities so much of what the student learns will be through their own discoveries, working in collaboration with academic advisers and other students in a supportive research-rich environment. Adopting a conceptual change, a student-centered approach is more likely to lead to high quality student learning and to greater satisfaction than the adoption of an information transmission, teacher-focused approach. In meeting the contemporary challenges of teaching in Higher Education, a key motivating factor for many should be that of encouraging greater student engagement in and responsibility for their own learning. Read about the teaching and learning findings from one of the initial projects by downloading this paper...

Check out previous and ongoing REaL Projects by clicking the links below: