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A tool for mapping research skills in undergraduate curricula

Fraser, G. A., Crook, A. C. and Park, J. R. (2007) A tool for mapping research skills in undergraduate curricula. Bioscience Education e-Journal, 9.

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There has been considerable interest recently in the teaching of skills to undergraduate students. However, existing methods for collating data on how much, where and when students are taught and assessed skills have often been shown to be time-consuming and ineffective. Here, we outline an electronic research skills audit tool that has been developed to map both transferable and discipline-specific skills teaching and assessment within individual modules, the results of which can be collated and analysed across entire degree programmes. The design and use of the audit tool is described in detail and a bioscience case study is presented to illustrate the types of data that can be collected. The audit tool has been designed as a time-effective way of collecting information on skills teaching and assessment, but also actively encourages staff to reflect on their teaching and learning practices. Conclusions are drawn about the practicalities of using the audit tool and its importance in both curriculum design and as a resource to encourage dialogue with graduate employers.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
ID Code:8518
Uncontrolled Keywords:Audit tool, skills, research, assessment, learning

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