Threshold Concepts in Research Education and Evidence of Threshold Crossing
This project investigates threshold concepts as they apply to the teaching and learning of research. It worked closely with research students and their supervisors to see ways in which threshold concepts are identified, and how the students go about crossing these thresholds. This international research was conducted with research supervisors in six countries: Australia, England, Jamaica, Malaysia, New Zealand and Trinidad.
Two key stages were involved in this project. In the first stage, 26 experienced supervisors identified the learning challenges encountered by research students and their supervisors. In a second phase of the study, in-depth interviews were conducted with 39 research supervisors, in which they explored the challenges and successes involved in the research process. These responses were coded in order that six research threshold concepts could be developed.
Kiley, M., & Wisker, G. (2009). Threshold concepts in research education and evidence of threshold crossing. Higher Education Research and Development, 28(4), 431-441.