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Type: Journal article
Title: When academics integrate research skill development in the curriculum
Author: Willison, J.
Citation: Higher Education Research and Development, 2012; 31(6):905-919
Publisher: Carfax Publishing Ltd
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0729-4360
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J.W. Willison
Abstract: This study considered outcomes when 27 academics explicitly developed and assessed student research skills in 28 regular (non-research methods) semester length courses. These courses ranged from small (n=17) to medium-large (n=222) and included those from first year to masters in business, engineering, health science, humanities and science, across five universities in three Australian cities. The two-year study used three data sets to determine the outcomes of development and assessment initiatives: student pre- (n=779) and post-questionnaires (n=601), interviews with students (n=46) one year after completing a course that developed research skills and interviews with academics (n=17) involved in developing and assessing student research skills. These multiple sources provided evidence that students developed a variety of discipline-specific research skills and that these skills were useful for subsequent studies and especially for employment. Academics indicated that the process of making explicit the development of student research skills led to enhancement of their teaching, helping the academics to clarify major course purposes as well as enabling them to provide more substantial feedback to students than in the past. Academics also indicated that this teaching process changed their understanding of disciplinary research and, for some, even suggested new directions in their research.
Keywords: Curriculum renewal; research skill assessment; research skill development; teaching research linkages; undergraduate research
Rights: © 2012 HERDSA
RMID: 0020123550
DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2012.658760
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