Research ability inadequacies in higher education


From pre-university, through undergraduate and graduate studies, even to the doctoral level, numerous studies have demonstrated significant gaps in student research ability. The notions that students become skilled at research simply by doing it (osmosis theory) or that their technological ability equates with research ability are not supported by studies investigating these issues. Students tend to overestimate their own abilities while demonstrating deficits when tested on those abilities. Even faculty members are struggling to keep up with technological change in research, and many of them appear to have limitations in their ability to teach technologically-based research skills ...

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