PSA Teaching Quantitative Methods Network

Recent initiatives (Nuffield; ESRC; HEFCE; British Academy) have sought to prioritise the development of quantitative methods (QM) in the social science curriculum. The PSA has been very supportive of such initiatives, including supporting the development of a quality ‘kite mark’ for QM Teaching. To this end, the PSA created the PSA Teaching Quantitative Methods Network (TQMN). The aim of this network is to support academic staff teaching quantitative methods and to share and disseminate expertise and best practice in this area.

The TQMN is run by a group of enthusiastic innovators representing three universities, including a Q-Step Affiliate. They are mainly early-careers scholars who have developed extensive experience teaching research methods at both undergraduate and post graduate levels.They also have a history of receiving funding for research methods teaching innovation: Emily Clough (Newcastle University) was Principal Investigator for the ESRC-funded project ‘Integrating Quantitative Methods into the Politics Curriculum’. Raul Gomez and Nicholas Lees (University of Liverpool) have been awarded a Teaching and Learning Fellowship from the University of Liverpool to develop a module of secondary data analysis using flipped classrooms and problem based learning.  Helen Williams (University of Nottingham) was Co-Investigator for the ESRC-funded project ‘Understanding Society Through Secondary Data Analysis:Quantitative Methods over the Undergraduate Life Course’ and received the PSA Innovation in Teaching Award in 2014 for her hands-on reworking of the undergraduate methods training at Nottingham University. Scott Moser (University of Nottingham), whose research focuses on how groups do and should choose collective outcomes, also joins the team. 

Resources for teaching quantitative methods

As funding bodies such as the ESRC, Nuffield Foundation and the Higher Education Academy have sponsored projects to create materials for teaching quant methods. The TQMN has compiled a list of these resources, plus others on a dedicated page: Resources for teaching quantitative methods. If you have any suggestions for additional contributions, please get in touch with Emily Clough at emily.clough@ncl.ac.uk.