Faculty Perspectives on Undergraduate Research Skills: Nine Core Skills for Research Success

Boglarka Huddleston, Jeffrey D. Bond, Linda L. Chenoweth, Tracy L. Hull

Abstract


In an effort to improve information literacy initiatives at Texas Christian University, we sought to understand faculty members’ expectations and perceptions of undergraduate student research skills. We conducted three faculty focus groups (n=21) and an online survey (n=100) of faculty members. This study reveals a set of nine core research skills that faculty members expect students to possess. The study compares faculty members’ expectations against their perceptions of student capability for each of these nine core skills. Furthermore, this study examines who (librarians, faculty, or both) should have responsibility for teaching which research skills. These findings will inform the library’s information literacy initiatives, as well as have a strong influence on the library’s marketing and reference services.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5860/rusq.59.2.7277

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