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Teaching open and reproducible scholarship: A critical review of the evidence base for current pedagogical methods and their outcomes

Pownall, Madeleine; Azevedo, Flávio; König, Laura M.; Slack, Hannah R.; Evans, Thomas Rhys; Flack, Zoe; Grinschgl, Sandra; Elsherif, Mahmoud M.; Gilligan-Lee, Katie A.; de Oliveira, Catia M. F.; Gjoneska, Biljana; Kalandadze, Tamara; Button, Katherine; Ashcroft-Jones, Sarah; Terry, Jenny; Albayrak-Aydemir, Nihan; Děchtěrenko, Filip; Alzahawi, Shilaan; Baker, Bradley J.; Pittelkow, Merle-Marie; Riedl, Lydia; Schmidt, Kathleen; Pennington, Charlotte R.; Shaw, John J.; Lüke, Timo; Makel, Matthew C.; Hartmann, Helena; Zaneva, Mirela; Walker, Daniel; Verheyen, Steven; Cox, Daniel; Mattschey, Jennifer; Gallagher-Mitchell, Tom; Branney, Peter; Weisberg, Yanna; Izydorczak, Kamil; Al-Hoorie, Ali H.; Creaven, Ann-Marie; Stewart, Suzanne L. K.; Krautter, Kai; Matvienko-Sikar, Karen; Westwood, Samuel J.; Arriaga, Patrícia; Liu, Meng; Baum, Myriam A.; Wingen, Tobias; Ross, Robert M.; O'Mahony, Aoife; Bochynska, Agata; Jamieson, Michelle; Tromp, Myrthe Vel; Yeung, Siu Kit; Vasilev, Martin R.; Gourdo...

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Madeleine Pownall

Flávio Azevedo

Laura M. König

Hannah R. Slack

Thomas Rhys Evans

Zoe Flack

Sandra Grinschgl

Mahmoud M. Elsherif

Katie A. Gilligan-Lee

Catia M. F. de Oliveira

Biljana Gjoneska

Tamara Kalandadze

Katherine Button

Sarah Ashcroft-Jones

Jenny Terry

Nihan Albayrak-Aydemir

Filip Děchtěrenko

Shilaan Alzahawi

Bradley J. Baker

Merle-Marie Pittelkow

Lydia Riedl

Kathleen Schmidt

Charlotte R. Pennington

John J. Shaw

Timo Lüke

Matthew C. Makel

Helena Hartmann

Mirela Zaneva

Daniel Walker

Steven Verheyen

Daniel Cox

Jennifer Mattschey

Tom Gallagher-Mitchell

Peter Branney

Yanna Weisberg

Kamil Izydorczak

Ali H. Al-Hoorie

Ann-Marie Creaven

Suzanne L. K. Stewart

Kai Krautter

Karen Matvienko-Sikar

Samuel J. Westwood

Patrícia Arriaga

Meng Liu

Myriam A. Baum

Tobias Wingen

Robert M. Ross

Aoife O'Mahony

Agata Bochynska

Michelle Jamieson

Myrthe Vel Tromp

Siu Kit Yeung

Martin R. Vasilev

Amélie Gourdon-Kanhukamwe

Leticia Micheli

Markus Konkol

David Moreau

James E. Bartlett

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Dr Kait Clark
Senior Lecturer in Psychology (Cognitive and Neuro)

Gwen Brekelmans

Theofilos Gkinopoulos

Samantha L. Tyler

Jan Philipp Röer

Zlatomira G. Ilchovska

Christopher R. Madan

Olly Robertson

Bethan J. Iley

Samuel Guay

Martina Sladekova

Shanu Sadhwani


In recent years, the scientific community has called for improvements in the credibility, robustness and reproducibility of research, characterized by increased interest and promotion of open and transparent research practices. While progress has been positive, there is a lack of consideration about how this approach can be embedded into undergraduate and postgraduate research training. Specifically, a critical overview of the literature which investigates how integrating open and reproducible science may influence student outcomes is needed. In this paper, we provide the first critical review of literature surrounding the integration of open and reproducible scholarship into teaching and learning and its associated outcomes in students. Our review highlighted how embedding open and reproducible scholarship appears to be associated with (i) students' scientific literacies (i.e. students' understanding of open research, consumption of science and the development of transferable skills); (ii) student engagement (i.e. motivation and engagement with learning, collaboration and engagement in open research) and (iii) students' attitudes towards science (i.e. trust in science and confidence in research findings). However, our review also identified a need for more robust and rigorous methods within pedagogical research, including more interventional and experimental evaluations of teaching practice. We discuss implications for teaching and learning scholarship.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Apr 26, 2023
Online Publication Date May 17, 2023
Publication Date May 1, 2023
Deposit Date May 23, 2023
Publicly Available Date May 23, 2023
Journal Royal Society Open Science
Electronic ISSN 2054-5703
Publisher Royal Society, The
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 5
Article Number 221255
Keywords pedagogy, open scholarship, open science, teaching, higher education, open research
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