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ERIC Number: EJ1195974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1449-9789
Frameworks and Freedoms: Supervising Research Learning and the Undergraduate Dissertation
Wisker, Gina
Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, v15 n4 Article 2 2018
Much current debate about undergraduate student research involves a focus on 'students as partners' and co-constructors of knowledge (Healey, Flint & Harrington 2014, 2016). This debate reveals interesting tensions between student freedom and the role of structuring frameworks. Undergraduate lecturers and research supervisors might feel we are in a quandary concerning how far we can help manage a balance between supportive frameworks and the independence that student researchers need to develop. Will the use of the Research Skill Development (Willison & O'Regan, 2006/2018) framework and other frameworks at every step of the undergraduate research journey form a constraint, or an essential scaffold? This paper considers frameworks, scaffolds and the need for freedom and creative co-construction of knowledge to enable successful undergraduate research within the context of final year research and writing at undergraduate third year (UK), honours (Australia) or senior/fourth year (US and Canada).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States; United Kingdom; Australia