Sharon has a keen interest in Interprofessional Learning (IPL) and chairs the cross-College IPL steering group. Committed to evidence-based practice in education, she has published aspects of her work, including a Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) systematic review of the evidence for the educational effects of portfolios in undergraduate student learning. She is currently undertaking a second BEME review on aspects of the effectiveness of patient safety curricula.
Sharon is also an Associate tutor for the University Centre for Learning and Academic Development (CLAD), contributing to the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, and undertaking project work.
In 2010, the higher Education Academy awarded Sharon a National Teaching Fellowship. Earlier awards include a Birmingham University Teaching Fellowship (2008) and the Head of School’s Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (2007).
Current projects include:
2011 to date: Principal investigator - A Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME) systematic review of the educational effectiveness of undergraduate patient safety curricula.
2011 to date: Co-investigator - Development of an IP team observation tool
2010 to date: Principal investigator - A feasibility and pilot trial randomised controlled trial of a web-based intervention in undergraduate medical education
2009 to date: Principal investigator – development of IP simulations for students from five different health professions
2012 to date: chapter author for ‘Researching Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: disciplinary approaches to educational enquiry’
2010-2011: Steering group member for TIGER, a JISC funded collaborative project between the Universities of Leicester and Northampton that is developing Open Educational resources for IPL
Ongoing: reviewer for various medical education journals
Buckley S, Coleman J, Khan KS (2010). Best evidence on the educational effects of undergraduate portfolios: a guide for clinical teachers. The Clinical Teacher7: 187-191
Buckley S, Coleman J, Davison I, Khan KS, Zamora J, Malick S, Morley D, Pollard D, Ashcroft T, Popovic C, Sayers J (2009). The educational effects of portfolios on undergraduate student learning: BEME Guide no 11. Medical Teacher 31: 282-298.
Skelton J, Buckley S (2008). What is the value of good medical education research? A reply to Bligh and Brice. Medical Education 42 1044-1045.
Buckley S, Zamora J (2007). Effects of participation in a cross year peer tutoring programme in clinical examination skills on volunteer tutors’ skills and attitudes towards teachers and teaching. BioMed Central Medical Education 7: 20.
Selected conference contributions and reviews
Cleaver E, Buckley S. The impact of a postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching on Academic Identities in a research-led University. Second Academic Identities Conference, University of Strathclyde, June 2010.
Hensman M, Buckley S, Thomas S, Holland A, Dudley R, Coleman J, Aldridge M, Valler-Jones T, Morley D, Reay C. Inter-professional learning in simulated practice settings. All Together Better Health V, Sydney, Australia. April 2010.
Buckley S. How does the use of portfolios affect student learning in undergraduate medical education. Presented at BEME 2 day Conference, University of Warwick, May 2009.
Buckley S. Review of ‘A handbook of teaching and learning in Higher Education’, 3rd Edition, Fry and Ketteridge, British Journal of educational Technology 40: 773-774.