The 10 commandments of researcher development
Posted by emmakimberley on 17 September, 2009
I’ve been mulling over some of the main recurring points from the Vitae Researcher Development Conference 09 and their impact on my own practice as someone who engages with researchers. Here is a brief list of qualities that participants in Vitae 09 thought development activities should seek to encourage:
- Ability to operate in a web 2.0 environment (for dissemination, collaboration, networking…)
- Recognition of the value of both blue-skies creative thinking and applied research
- Dialogue across disciplinary boundaries (This involves presentation and communication skills: researchers being able to present their ideas in accessible and jargon-free language.)
- Participation and support from academic role models (Students are more likely to use their training if they see tangible evidence of its usefulness around them.)
- Provision of physical and virtual spaces encouraging creativity, community and dialogue.
- Getting students to be reflective and to analyse their own needs (E-portfolios were suggested as one method of encouraging this.)
- Training that prepares future academics for new academic behaviours (VLRs, new devices and platforms.)
- Recognition that preparedness to cope with change and challenge is more important than any particular set of learned skills (Training needs to be flexible rather than prescriptive.)
- Important role of emotional/motivational support in postgraduate research students (This can be done through events and networking opportunities, a focus on the writing process in workshops, providing alternatives to the formal supervision system etc.)
Can anyone add to these?