Welcome: Developing Social Science Research Expertise  

This project extends researcher training beyond the customary scope of doctoral and early career support, to encompass the advanced, expert thinking that experienced researchers engage in. The training has targeted the needs of mid-career researchers who have already accrued experience but might not have a clear strategy for advancing towards expertise. It has offered insights about how to raise their game in pursuit of large research grants, high quality publications, and, in particular, the development of the mindset that facilitates interdisciplinary investigations of major questions with high social impact.

Objectives

This web resource is aimed at helping senior academics, acting as trainers, to meet this challenge. The site contains research-informed guidance and readily adaptable resources on how to design 'review and planning' workshops for mid-career academics. The workshops assisted participants in working out how to enhance their ongoing development of expertise as social science researchers. The materials can easily be customized to suit particular circumstances. It is important that the trainers for such workshops were themselves well-advanced along the trajectory from novice to expert researcher. This was to ensure credibility with participants and sensitivity to the challenges they face.  

Authors

Alison Wray

Mike Wallace

Original Project

The project extended researcher training beyond the customary scope of doctoral and early career support, to encompass the advanced, expert thinking that experienced researchers engage in. The training materials were developed from information gathered from expert social science researchers. They were trialled and deployed in six training workshops, and publicised at a final dissemination conference. Participants in the training were able to cascade the material to support the learning of their own students and colleagues.  

Quick Summary

Areas of expertise to explored include:

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ReStoration date

This web resource has been restored on:2014-03-10

Last updated:

This web resource has been updated on:2014-06-22