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Investigating the baseline skills of research students using a competency-based self-assessment method

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Bromley, Anthony P.; Boran, James R.; Myddelton, William A.

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Abstract Recent government-led initiatives are changing the nature of the UK PhD to support the greater development of transferable skills. There are similar initiatives internationally. A key requirement and challenge is to effectively assess the `baseline' skills of a cohort on entry to a research programme and then monitor their progress in personal development. This article describes an innovative methodology that combines competence model and training needs analysis theory to create an effective self-assessment tool: the Development Needs Analysis (DNA), for collection of baseline data. The DNA provides a means for effective self-assessment of skills, and is capable of highlighting particular needs of students grouped by, for example, date of birth and home vs. overseas status. The methodology is broadly applicable in determination of the baseline skills of students and allows practitioners to tailor learning and teaching to the requirements of a cohort.
Free Keywords needs analysis; postgraduate development; self-assessment;
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 117-137
Journal Active Learning in Higher Education, 8 (2007) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1469787407077992
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)