Research Skill Development For Masters

This section explores research skill development for masters through assessment, curriculum design and evidence.

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  • Assessment

    Introduction

    Curriculum development and innovation

    This video shows one strategy of helping students to have an early, deep conceptual engagement with the RSD.

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    Curriculum development and innovation

    Assignment 1

    This video looks at student responses to an assignment requiring students to develop a short-timeframe flipped classroom.

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    Curriculum development and innovation

    Assignment 2

    This video overviews student projects involving development of a curriculum document.

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    RSD in assessment

    Pecha Kuchas - Michelle Harrison and Deborah Murdoch

    A presentation about the use of the RSD in the context of assessment.

  • Curriculum design

    How to introduce the RSD facets

    Our research has shown that it is very difficult for international students to understand the RSD framework in their first encounter with it.

    The way research is first introduced to them is pivotal for their engagement with it during coursework. Here you will find a video of an academic and her class showing you one effective way of introducing the framework to students.

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  • Evidence

    Abdurrahman, D., Willison, J., & Sabir, F. (2015). International Masters students’ perception of the Research Skill Development framework. Paper presented at the Society for Research into Higher Education Annual Research Conference, UK, 9-11 December. (Masters; multidisciplinary.)

    Schibeci, S. (2017). Using the colours of the Research Skills Development Framework as cues for feedback in a postgraduate coursework subject. In J. Willison (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (p. 18). Adelaide.

    Sharp, C. (2017). Research Skill Development in the MBA Capstone Project: Tools for facilitating student engagement. In J. Willison (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (p. 30). Adelaide.

    Shepperson, T. (2017). Integrating Problem-Based Learning and Research Skill Development: An example from a master’s teacher leader course. In J. Willison (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (p. 43). Adelaide.

    Sok, S., & Sok, V. (2017). Integrating the Research Skill Development (RSD) Framework into master’s curriculum at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. In J. Willison (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (p. 31). Adelaide.

    Venning, J., & Buisman-Pijlman, F. (2011). The development of an assessment matrix to promote student learning in postgraduate multidisciplinary research projects. The Journal of the Education Research Group of Adelaide, 2(2), 37-44. (Postgraduate; multidisciplinary.) The final publication is available from Open Journal Systems.

    Venning, J., & Buisman-Pijlman. (2012). Integrating assessment matrices in feedback loops to promote research skill development in postgraduate research projects. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 1-13. (Postgraduate; multidisciplinary.) The final publication is available from Taylor & Francis.

    Willison, J. (2012). When academics integrate research skill development in the curriculum. Higher Education Research & Development, 31:6, 905-919. (First year to Masters; multidisciplinary.) The final publication is available from Taylor & Francis.

    Willison, J., Schapper, J., & Teo, E. (2009). Multiple measures of the improvement of research skills in business ethics and business law. Paper presented at QATLHEBEC conference, University of Melbourne, on 6 February 2009. (Masters; Business Law and Business Ethics.)