It also develops the information literacy skills that will serve students across disciplines and beyond the classroom.
For more about information literacy, please see the library's Information Literacy Core Competencies. An assignment that dictates too rigidly how students do their research can also breed frustration and disengagement.
This document advocates for assignments that give concrete and specific guidance on research methods.
In most cases, we believe this is the best approach.
Each trainee will be linked with a specific ARESA faculty mentor with expertise in the topic of choice.
Past research assignments Policy and Ethical Considerations for an Institution-Based Small Scale Biobank Regulatory oversight of human genetic research and protection of vulnerable population participating in genomic research in Africa Assessing Review of Research Involving Storage of Human Biological Samples: A retrospective Document Review A critical Examination of an African Proverbial Saying as an Emerging Biomedical Principle in the Context of the AIDS Pandemic in Africa: Ethical Implications and Relation to other Bioethical Principles Knowledge and attitude of post graduate medical students in Kenya on ethics in mental health research Monitoring the Performance of the Swaziland Scientific and Ethics committee, using the MERETI self-assessment tool: A critical evaluation A critical review of health research ethical guidelines regarding consent in pediatric HIV research involving caregivers in South Africa: The legal-ethical issues Dissemination of both primary and incidental findings in genetic studies of complex disease: ethical implications and future directions Nurses and midwives role perception in protecting participants during clinical research Exploring University Ethical Review Processes for International Research Partnerships Ethical review of undergraduate research: A comparative analysis of research policies of the University of Namibia, The Polytechnic of Namibia, and the International University of Management in Namibia A SOAR analysis as an innovative strategic framework for research ethics committees Perspectives of Researchers and Research Ethics Committees (RECs) in Zimbabwe on preservation of left over bio-specimens Ethical issues surrounding the use of modern human remains for research Monitoring approved research projects: Possibilities and challenges for the University of Botswana's Institutional Review Board Evaluation of comprehension of an educational video about HIV Cure research among patients and caregivers from a HIV clinic in the Western Cape, South Africa and participants enrolled in an HIV acute infection study in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa Ototoxic treatment: The need for informing patients A comparative narrative of the compensation policies for research related injury in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS)Informed Consent in Dentistry: Use of dental amalgam as a restorative material Building Community Partnerships: Understanding Community Engagement as a Pillar for Ethical Conduct of HIV Vaccine Research in Africa A conceptual (public health ethics) analysis of the "low carbohydrate, high fat" (Prof Noakes) diet Ethical issues that arise when patients consult traditional healers for infertility treatment Phronesis: beyond the research ethics committee.
Components with increasing levels of guidance are listed from left to right in the horizontal axis.
As you design or review your assignment, find the descriptions in the grid that most accurately describe your assignment to 1) determine if there might be opportunities to provide students with more effective guidance and 2) find examples of what that guidance might look like.
We believe this grid will help you establish a framework of flexible guidance for research that accommodates the challenges and peculiarities that are unique to any given research project without "squarepegging" approaches or solutions.
The Research Guidance Rubric for Assignment Design lists the above components of an effective research assignment in its vertical axis.