Earle is currently engaged with research projects investigating the value of Turnitin as a tool for enhancing academic writing in undergraduate sports therapy students. This is a pan UEL research project which has implications for the future use and development of Turnitin software and platforms.
A second project involves the evaluation of a student led peer mentorship scheme. The project provides a comparative analysis of mentorship schemes across professional programmes within the school, namely podiatry and sports therapy.
Internationally, Earle is leading a project that considers the metrics for excellence in teaching. As co-chair of the multinational teaching fellows group, Earle together with Kirsten Hardie, is reviewing and defining teaching fellowship within an excellence framework. Through this work it is hoped that a more useful analysis of the process for becoming an excellent tutor will emerge.
Earle's Research interests lie in understanding the student learning experience, pedagogies for discipline specific teaching, feedback and feedforward cycles within learning. Earle has recently completed a research study with Dr Karen Manarin from Canada, on troublesome knowing and SoTL.
From a discipline specific perspective, Earle researches clinical reasoning development and metacognition. He is also interested in fascial connections, and the use of kinesiological tape in the management of soft tissue injuries.
Current research areas
- Assessment and feedback in higher education understanding the dynamics of standards and awards
- Problem-based learning and the development of higher-order reasoning skills in undergraduate sports therapy students
- Curriculum Development, troublesome knowledge and academic identity
- Using student mentorship to engage student learning and direct the student experience
- Academic writing and feedback
- Co-creating cultures for learning