Integration of research literacy and skills in USP curricula is intended to produce graduates who are ‘discerning consumers’ of information, able to undertake research and apply research findings to address various challenges facing the Pacific region.
BACKGROUND TO RSD AT USP
Under the Strategic Total Academic Review (STAR) process at the University of the South Pacific, Working Group 5 (constituting of USP staff) was tasked to determine the best way to incorporate research skills and literacy in USP curricula. Working Group 5 found that in general the Research Skills Development (RSD) framework, devised by John Willison and Kerry O’Regan at the University of Adelaide, was a workable tool that could guide academics in developing and assessing students’ research skills in content-rich courses from first year undergraduate to PhD levels. Upon a close study of the RSD framework, Working Group 5 recommended that the RSD framework is a suitable model to be adapted and implemented at USP.
The RSD framework is shared as a separate document in this group space.