Volume 9 Issue 2 (2013): Research Assistantships

Research Practice in Research Assistantships: Introducing the Special Issue on Research Assistantships

Michelle K. McGinn
Brock University
Ewelina K. Niemczyk
Faculty of Education, Brock University
Published November 1, 2013
  • research assistantships,
  • research practice,
  • research mentoring,
  • education and training,
  • researcher development,
  • research employment
  • ...More


The idea for this special issue came from our mutual interest in research education and the development of future researchers. Our shared program of research has led us to discover the potentials, complexities, and dilemmas associated with research assistantships where newcomers assist more experienced researchers to conduct research projects. We considered a wide range of proposals and papers addressing different aspects of research assistantships. The resulting collection includes self-studies and analyses of others, as well as policy reviews and recommendations. The pieces consider research assistantships involving bachelor's, master's, and doctoral students in four different countries (Canada, Denmark, South Africa, United States) and across a range of disciplines.