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Getting Started as a Researcher

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In this theme you will work through a series of texts and activities and reflect on your view of research as well as the skills you are developing. Most activities are supported by textual or audio material and are there to stimulate your thinking in a given area. Through this theme you will have a broad understanding of what is expected of you, the skills you will be developing, the different approaches to research and the importance of developing a clear and mutually understood relationship with your supervisor. In this theme you will learn how to:

  • Recognise your own motivation for carrying out research;
  • Identify your belief system that underpins your view of knowledge;
  • Appreciate the broad nature of the research process within a research community;
  • Recognise the critical nature of the supervisor-student relationship in the research process.

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Written by learningchange

29/03/2014 at 19:38

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Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples

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From the vantage point of the colonized, the term “research” is inextricably linked with European colonialism; the ways in which scientific research has been implicated in the worst excesses of imperialism remains a powerful remembered history for many of the world’s colonized peoples. Here, an indigenous researcher issues a clarion call for the decolonization of research methods. The book is divided into two parts. In the first, the author critically examines the historical and philosophical base of Western research. Extending the work of Foucault, she explores the intersections of imperialism, knowledge and research, and the different ways in which imperialism is embedded in disciplines of knowledge and methodologies as “regimes of truth“.  Providing a history of knowledge from the Enlightenment to Postcoloniality, she also discusses the fate of concepts such as “discovery“, “claiming“, and “naming” through which the west has incorporated and continues to incorporate the indigenous world within its own web. The second part of the book meets the urgent need for people who are carrying out their own research projects, for literature which validates their frustrations in dealing with various western paradigms, academic traditions and methodologies, which continue to position the indigenous as “Other”. In setting an agenda for planning and implementing indigenous research, the author shows how such programmes are part of the wider project of reclaiming control over indigenous ways of knowing and being. Exploring the broad range of issues which have confronted, and continue to confront, indigenous peoples, in their encounters with western knowledge, this book also sets a standard for truly emancipatory research. It brilliantly demonstrates that “when indigenous peoples become the researchers and not merely the researched, the activity of research is transformed.”

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Written by learningchange

29/03/2014 at 15:45

Research Methods for Community Change: A Project-Based Approach

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Research Methods for Community Change: A Project-Based Approach, is an in-depth review of all of the research methods that communities can use to solve problems, develop their resources, protect their identities, and build power. With an engaging writing style and numerous real world examples, Randy Stoecker shows how to use a project-based research model in the community to: diagnose a community condition; prescribe an intervention for the condition; implement the prescription;  and evaluate its impact. At every stage of this model there are research tasks, from needs and assets assessments to process and outcome studies. Readers also learn the importance of involving community members at every stage of the project and in every aspect of the research, making the research part of the community-building process.

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Read also: Methodological Approaches to Community-Based Research

Engaging adolescent participants in academic research

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This article examines the use of photo-elicitation interviews as a qualitative research method when studying aspects of adolescent behaviour. In particular, it describes and evaluates the use of photo-elicitation interviews to investigate the outdoor education experiences of a group of 34 (12 male, 22 female) New Zealand secondary school students (aged 14–15 years old) who attended a school-based outdoor education programme, referred to throughout as ‘school camp’. Results indicate that the use of cameras, and hence photographs, are attractive features of the technique that render it suitable for engaging young people in academic research and exploring social experiences. While the inclusion of cameras also presents some methodological limitations and ethical considerations, photo-elicitation interviewing is a useful addition to the suite of qualitative research methods employed in outdoor education research.

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Written by learningchange

24/03/2014 at 13:40

An international experience of research with children: moving forward on the idea of children’s participation

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This article examines a research collaboration in which an Australian and an Italian researcher came together in order to develop a project with young children to document their standpoints on the quality of their experiences of the early childhood services they were attending. As such, this article provides a reflection on working from different international viewpoints and narrates a research story that identifies some of the questions met, both in the conceptual framework and in the research design. In order to realize this research project, the collaborators’ challenge was to construct a shared understanding of their work, which meant addressing philosophical, ethical and practical points of tension. These points are described in the article as they emerged within the research endeavour, rather than being theoretically illustrated. The aim here is to offer the reader a lived experience example of meaning-making: how the researchers worked together, exploring the commonalities and differences that characterized each individual’s research practice, with the aim to construct a synergistic approach to working with children in research.

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Written by learningchange

24/03/2014 at 13:17

Skills and competencies needed in the research field: Objectives 2020

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Politicians, business leaders and unions in all countries are unanimous in pointing to research, and the issues of how to fuel it and how to resource it, as make or break challenges. If national and/or international research policies together with skills and competencies management strategies are to succeed, they must first be reconciled. Other issues, key to predicting the outcome of current changes in the needs of the research world, include changes in education systems and increasing professionalization of research work, job appeal, and mobility and career management. In this context, APEC and Deloitte Consulting decided to conduct a joint international survey on the skills and competencies needed in research-related jobs within the next 10 years. For the first time, a forward-looking international study presents the vision and expectations of researchers and research managers with regard to skills and competencies.

This study addresses six key questions: What are the main trends in the changing organisation of research? What skills and competencies are currently sought after in a researcher? Which are specific to a junior researcher and which to an experienced researcher? How will they change over the next 10 years? What is the current degree of proficiency of these skills? What actions and strategies have been introduced or are planned to produce, attract and retain researchers? This study therefore addresses a wide audience: PhD students, researchers and research personnel, recruitment and career management professionals in every type of organisation (laboratory, business, university department, etc.), professors, newly qualified researchers, and executives keen to exercise their talents in the research world.

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Lire aussi: Les besoins en compétencesdanslesmétiers de la recherche à l’horizon 2020

Written by learningchange

27/11/2013 at 10:48

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Research Skills for the Future: Summary and Critique of a Comparative Study

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What key research competencies will researchers, and professionals need to have in the future? To introduce the topic, we look into a recent comparative study on this question that compares the situation in eight research-intensive countries. The interviewed researchers and research managers appear to agree largely about a number of common factors that shape the development of research practices in all applied fields. These concern three major groups of factors: structural, cultural, and methodological, that is (in the report’s terms), related to new ways of carrying out research.

…  depicts 20 competencies that are expected to be indispensable for mature researchers by 2020, in both public- and private-sector research, in all of the countries studied. Together, they constitute for the authors of the study the ideal profile of experienced researchers in the future. Six of these competencies are regarded as newly emerging key competencies. They are:

  1. A well-developed capacity for analysis, including the mastery of sophisticated IT tools
  2. The ability to work and cooperate in interdisciplinary environments
  3. The ability to develop research networks
  4. Language skills
  5. Corporate culture and management skills
  6. Awareness of the pertinence of the research and the ability to assess its impact on the environment

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Read also: Research Skills for the Future: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Research Skills for the Future: Research Workforce Under the Spotlight

Research Skills for the Future: A Consultant’s Perspective

Skills and competencies needed in the research field: Objectives 2020

Written by learningchange

27/11/2013 at 10:43

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OpenDataKit

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OpenDataKit (ODK) is a free and open-source set of tools which help organizations author, field, and manage mobile data collection solutions. ODK provides an out-of-the-box solution for users to:

  • Build a data collection form or survey (XLSForm is recommended for larger forms);
  • Collect the data on a mobile device and send it to a server; and
  • Aggregate the collected data on a server and extract it in useful formats.

In addition to socio-economic and health surveys with GPS locations and images, ODK is being used to create decision support for clinicians and for building multimedia-rich nature mapping tools. See the list available tools, featured deployments, and implementation companies for more examples of what the ODK community is doing. We welcome and encourage participation from the user community. Below are two short videos explaining a bit about the project.

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Written by learningchange

05/11/2013 at 10:09

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How to make the best Dissertation

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This is useful for students who are having problems with their dissertation. This infographic gives you a bitesize breakdown on what you need to do to make your dissertation that little bit better …

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Written by learningchange

18/10/2013 at 20:13

Being a better Researcher

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Research involves a lot of information and data which have to be easily and efficiently managed under tight deadlines and time restraints. The following steps will offer you a bit of insight into how you can become a better researcher using some simple web tools like mind maps and bookmarklets.

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Written by learningchange

06/02/2013 at 12:14