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taking a personal development approach to the teaching of research methods

Taking a ‘personal development’ approach to the teaching of research methods

Elaine Clarke

University of Westminster

clarkee@westminster.ac.uk

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Aims
  • To set forward the argument that to integrate a ‘personal development planning’ approach with the teaching of research methods should result in a more fulfilling research experience, is likely to lead to better quality research and will enhance students’ employability generally.
  • To discuss ways in which links between the two might be strengthened
structure
Structure
  • Mapping of the common threads between the process of undertaking research and personal development planning
  • Explore examples of where PDP activities fit within the research process
  • Discuss how the links between the two might be strengthened
  • Highlight the challenges
elements of pdp
Elements of PDP
  • Personal audit
    • Employability skills
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Motivation
  • Self-managed learning
    • Goal setting
  • Reflective practice
the research process and emotional intelligence
The research process and emotional intelligence

EQ + IQ + MQ = Advancement (Dulewicz & Higgs, 1998)

Idea

generation

Review

of

literature

Research

design

Data

collection

Data

analysis

Findings

&

Conclusions

Reflection

EQ

+

IQ

+

MQ

EQ

+

IQ

+

MQ

enhancing pdp within research methods teaching
Enhancing PDP within research methods teaching

Discussion

threads

Group

problem-solving

Role play

Link ideas

to future career /

studies

Research

skills audit

Reflective log /

Research diary

Reflect on

meetings with

supervisor

Lifelines

exercise

Presentations

USE SEMINARS, LEARNING SETS, VLEs:

adding a research methods strand to a pdp process
Adding a research methods strand to a PDP process
  • Skills audit to include research competencies, e.g. critical thinking, integrative thinking
  • Build up levels of research competencies over the years of study
  • Links to online exercises, resources
    • e.g. Exercise to evaluate research ideas
  • Resource bank
  • Organisational discussion threads, rather than modular
challenges
Challenges….
  • Needs an ongoing champion
  • Winning hearts and minds
  • Logistics – structures of programmes, courses, modes of delivery
  • Maintaining momentum
  • Differing capacities
  • Resource implications?
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Taking a ‘personal development’ approach to the teaching of research methods

Elaine Clarke

University of Westminster

clarkee@westminster.ac.uk

in summary
In summary…..
  • Research methods teaching and personal development planning are ‘natural allies’.
  • Tightening the links between them should lead to better research and more employable students.
  • The way in which these links are tightened will, in theory, depend on structural and logistical issues.
  • In reality, the challenges are more varied and possibly more deeply embedded.
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Research competencies
    • Problem identification
    • Integrative thinking
    • Information collection
    • Data interpretation
    • Academic written communication
  • Research knowledge & understanding
    • Project design
    • Research methodology
    • Model building
    • Model testing
    • Data analysis techniques

(Doctoral Programme –

Henley Management College)

the end result
The end result….

Students who are…

motivated, self-aware, focused, self-critical, deep learners, conscientious, sensitive to others, emotionally resilient…..

Students who can….

take a long-term approach, self-manage, influence and persuade, integrate their learning, see the bigger picture, challenge themselves, make choices about the appropriate way to approach a problem …..

why link pdp with research methods in particular
Why link PDP with research methods in particular?
  • Both ‘process’ rather than ‘content’ driven
  • Link with dissertation
    • gateway to the future
    • students make choices and commit themselves to a course of action
    • high degree of self-management and independence
    • revealing much about themselves, their abilities and their motivations
the research process
The research process

Idea

generation

Review

of

literature

Research

design

Data

collection

Data

analysis

Findings

&

Conclusions

Reflection

emotional intelligence
Motivation

Intuitiveness

Emotional resilience

Conscientiousness

Self-awareness

Inter-personal sensitivity

Influence

Drivers

Constrainers

Enablers

Dulewicz & Higgs (2004)

Emotional Intelligence
in summary1
In summary…..
  • Research methods teaching and personal development planning are ‘natural allies’.
  • Tightening the links between them should lead to better research and more employable students.
  • The way in which these links are tightened will, in theory, depend on structural and logistical issues.
  • In reality, the challenges are more varied and possibly more deeply embedded.