Perceptions of the teaching-research nexus: a framework for analysis

Ruth Neumann*

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This paper reports on the perceptions that senior academic administrators hold on the relationship between the research and teaching components of academic work. Semi-structured, in-depth interviews were conducted with senior academic administrators from the humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional areas. The findings indicate a strong belief in a symbiotic nexus between teaching and research. Indeed, the data reveal many important, but often subtle, interconnections between these two components of academic work. A three-level nexus between teaching and research is suggested: the tangible nexus, the intangible nexus and, the global nexus. These findings form part of a wider investigation into the nature of academic work in Australian universities and are proposed as a suitable framework for further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-171
Number of pages13
JournalHigher Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1992
Externally publishedYes


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