The teaching–research gestalt: the development of a discipline-based scale

Angus Duff, Neil Marriott

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This paper reports the development and empirical testing of a model of the factors that influence the teaching–research nexus. No prior work has attempted to create a measurement model of the nexus. The conceptual model is derived from 19 propositions grouped into four sets of factors relating to: rewards, researchers, curriculum, and students. The propositions are operationalised by 61 scale-items and empirically recomposed by a factor analysis on data obtained from 247 UK accounting academics. We demonstrate that, in the discipline of accounting, there are six factors that describe the positive effects of relations between academic research and teaching. We also identify five factors that militate against productive relations between the two. This double-edged sword we term the teaching–research gestalt: although faculty research can be beneficial to teaching and vice versa, there can also be negative effects. The relationship between academic research and teaching therefore requires judicious management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2406-2420
Number of pages15
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Issue number12
Early online date21 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2017


  • Teaching and research links
  • teaching and research staff
  • staff
  • scholarship of teaching
  • reward system


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