Higher Education

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 273–295 | Cite as

Associations between research and teaching in Australian higher education

  • Paul Ramsden
  • Ingrid Moses


This article describes results of an empirical investigation of the relationship between research and undergraduate teaching in Australian higher education. Two research indexes (weighted number of publications, and number of research activities) were used. Scores on a Likert-type scale of reported commitment to teaching undergraduate students formed the main criterion of teaching effectiveness. This was supplemented by student ratings in one of the aggregate-level analyses. The results revealed typically no relation or a negative relation between teaching and research at the level of the individual and at the level of the department, across all subject areas. The only exceptions concerned one group of former colleges of education. Further analysis by staff self-rating of academic quality showed that there existed one group of staff, mainly in the universities, who were committed to teaching and highly active researchers. However, the data did not support a causal interpretation of the association. It is concluded that there is no evidence in these results to indicate the existence of a simple functional association between high research output and the effectiveness of undergraduate teaching. Some implications for policy and student course choice are discussed.


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Ramsden
    • 1
  • Ingrid Moses
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Learning and Teaching, University of TechnologySydneyAustralia

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