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Research Literacy

What is Research Literacy?

Research Literacy is defined in the Strategy for Enhancing the Student Experience as "The ability to be a critical consumer of research, and also, where possible, to design and undertake at least a small-scale research project in the discipline, using appropriate methodology." (SESE, Section 4.1).

The description is currently generic and needs to be interpreted in relation your own disciplinary practices and assessment demands. During the graduate attributes mapping process undertaken in 2011/12, programme teams took the opportunity to articulate each of the graduate attributes within the context of their discipline. Go to “Graduate Attributes in the Disciplines".

Case Studies

As well as the case studies below, you can also browse examples tagged 'research literacy' within the Brookes Teaching Practices website.

How can students be encouraged to develop and reflect on their own style of independent research management?

Graduate Attribute: Research Literacy
Department: Law
Contact: Peter Edge
Date Added: May, 2011

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How can the differences between an academic's and an undergraduate student's experience of research be addressed? How can the gap in the research cycle, which many students experience, be completed?

Graduate Attribute: Research Literacy
Department: School of Social Sciences and Law
Contact: Helen Walkington
Date Added: May, 2011

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How can strategic oversight of the development of research and academic literacy be gained so that students experience a coherent and progressive approach?

Graduate Attribute: Research Literacy
Department: Life Sciences
Contact: Andrew Rendell
Date Added: May, 2011

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Resources for teaching Research Literacy

Here are some suggested resources to use with students to develop their critical self-awareness and personal literacy. If you would like to suggest a resource, please login to the wiki and leave a comment on this page (or email Rhona Sharpe).

Lightfoot, S. (2012) Developing Research Literacy in Students. In: Teaching Politics and International Relations
Edited by Cathy Gormley-Heenan and Simon Lightfoot

Healey, M. & Jenkins, A. (2009) Developing undergraduate research and enquiry. Higher Education Academy.

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