Nexus between teaching and research: does it or should it exist?

Presented by Dr Marina Nehme

SEA Lecture by Marina Nehme

Scientia Education Academy Lecture Series

The notion that there is a positive correlation between teaching and research has been challenged over the last three decades.

Some studies have claimed that teaching and research are activities independent from each other while other studies have found a negative correlation between the two activities. Consequently, the existence of a positive correlation between teaching and research is not a given. 

This presentation contends that a positive correlation between teaching and research is possible, but it has to be constructed through the deliberate adoption of active strategies. The presentation examines the literature regarding the nexus between teaching and research and identifies the various arguments for and against the existence of a positive correlation between the two. The presentation then describes how a positive correlation between teaching and research can be deliberately achieved by clarifying the meanings of teaching, research and the relationship between the two.

Image credit: The drawing was sourced from an article posted in Columbia Spectator here.

Learn more about Dr Marina Nehme

Dr Marina Nehme

Marina Nehme is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Law. Her teaching philosophy is centered on the motivation of students as she has found that motivated learners have a greater capacity to pursue independent and inquisitive learning which promotes a deeper level of understanding than passive learning and helps develop critical thinking. Marina has received local and national teaching awards including a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

Her dedication to legal education is also apparent by her various contributions to this area in scholarship and service. She has presented a range of papers on legal education at different forums and conferences. She has also published a number of papers in refereed journals that focus on the motivation of learners and the positive nexus between teaching and research.