Post by Dr Keith Morrison, The University of the South Pacific
I am interested in critically exploring the potential linkages that can be developed between the highest levels of the RSD framework developed by Willison & O’Regan (2008) and the distinction between research competences and capabilities developed by Scott, Coates & Anderson (2008).
I wish to suggest that the Willison & O’Regan RSD framework deals predominantly with what Scott, Coates & Anderson terms research competencies. I wish to suggest also that the RSD framework does nevertheless lend itself to being extended to also cover research capabilities, but that this occurs when the application of research is also focused upon, rather than only the teaching and learning of it. Because of this I also wish to suggest that a focus on research capabilities is what is most appropriate when graduate attributes are considered. Finally therefore I suggest that the RSD framework as it stands at the moment is weak in being able to enable the developing of a full range graduate attributes.
In particular I wish to suggest that interdependence is as necessary a feature of developing research skill as independence. In particular, the notion of emotional intelligence needed in the workplace for any purpose is an essential graduate attribute. Even though the affective domain is referred to in the RSD framework, the need to see this as interpersonal and involving recognition of interdependence in research is not developed. This therefore also has quite a strong bearing on the validity of the RSD framework to refer to the role of culture and community support. Also it raises questions as to its efficacy in facilitating self-regulated learning.
I would like to suggest however that the inter-personal capabilities and meta-cognitive capabilities of mindfulness or spirituality facilitated by cultural traditions are not contradicted by the RSD framework, but are in need of being explicitly articulated. To do so however probably requires moving beyond the current matrix structure of representation of the RSD framework.
Pictorial representation of the Research Capabilities and Competencies framework by Scott, Coates & Anderson (2008) is given on page 18 of the article at the link
Scott, G., Coates, H. & Anderson, M. (2008) Learning leaders in time of Change: Academic Leadership Capabilities for Australian Higher Education. Sydney: University of Western Sydney and Australian Council for Educational. Accessed from http://research.acer.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1001&context=higher_education
Willison, J. & O’Regan, K. (2008). The Researcher Skill Development Framework. Accessed from http://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd2/framework/rsd7/