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Developing Independent Learners: A Guide for International Partners

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Abstract

UK degrees are required to furnish students with “the ability to manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to the discipline)” (QAA in UK quality code for higher education, part A: setting and maintaining academic standards, the frameworks for higher education qualifications of UK degree-awarding bodies, p. 26, 2014). This independent critical thinking characteristic is realised best in an Independent Study (IS) or Final Year Project (FYP). These skills are so important that the IS module is typically a double module. “Studying a UK degree, you’ll be encouraged to read, think independently, question and analyse what you read and learn” (Why study in the UK—benefits of getting a British degree https://www.studying-in-uk.org/why-study-in-uk/. Accessed 12 May 2019). This chapter looks at the staff development that has been provided to staff intending to deliver a UK comparable learning experience of independent studies and also the induction that is provided to students in preparation for the UK IS experience, not just to complete the IS, but to do well.

Keywords

Independent study Final year projects Academic writing Supervising undergraduate dissertations Supervising undergraduate projects Supervising independent studies 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of DerbyDerbyUK

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