The Integration of Research in the Higher Education Curriculum: A Systematic Review

D.M.E. Griffioen, Aron Groen, Jason Nak

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The support for connections between research and education is widespread. This connection yields the promise of educating students for the knowledge society. With the curriculum as the most important carrier of planned higher education, the lack of systematic insight in how research can be integrated into the curriculum is an important omission. This systematic review considers how empirical studies provide input for the integration of research in the higher education curriculum. Moreover, it provides a structured insight into the current body of knowledge on research in the curriculum. Based on a first set of 5815 journal articles, 121 articles were selected for further analysis. The model of Curriculum Aspects by Van den Akker (2003) was used to categorise the articles, which shows a body of knowledge on research in the curriculum with the largest focus on learning aims and learning activities. Furthermore, this review shows how few studies consider the effects of curriculum design on student learning, which calls for more empirical studies to benefit student learning.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Higher Education Journal of Learning and Teaching
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2019
EventOnderwijs Research Dagen 2018: Ondersteboven van onderwijs - Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, Nijmegen, Netherlands
Duration: 13 Jun 201815 Jun 2018


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