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Exploring the conditions for PhD-students to develop abilities to independently formulate research questions

Antfolk, Christian LU ; Di Julio, Douglas LU ; Hassel, Henrik LU ; Li, Ying Zhen ; Uhr, Christian LU and Zhang, Baozhong LU (2015)
Abstract
Developing an ability to independently formulate research questions is an important goal in doctoral education. During a seminar in the “Docent course”, accredited by Genombrottet at Lund University, the authors behind this paper ended up in a discussion on the actual conditions for developing such ability. During the discussions, the authors, based on their own experiences, identified several conditions that could hamper the PhD-students’ abilities to develop the skills required to independently formulate research questions. Examples of such conditions were: involvement in projects where objectives and deliverables already were stated by a funder, a lack of discussions with supervisors early in the PhD-process, and/or a lack of proper... (More)
Developing an ability to independently formulate research questions is an important goal in doctoral education. During a seminar in the “Docent course”, accredited by Genombrottet at Lund University, the authors behind this paper ended up in a discussion on the actual conditions for developing such ability. During the discussions, the authors, based on their own experiences, identified several conditions that could hamper the PhD-students’ abilities to develop the skills required to independently formulate research questions. Examples of such conditions were: involvement in projects where objectives and deliverables already were stated by a funder, a lack of discussions with supervisors early in the PhD-process, and/or a lack of proper training. The authors also discussed if working with a compilation thesis automatically lead to contrived overall research questions, which resulted primarily as an afterthought at a very late stage in the process. (Less)
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Förutsättningar för utveckling av doktoranders förmåga att självständigt formulera forskningsfrågor
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Lunds universitet
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  abstract     = {Developing an ability to independently formulate research questions is an important goal in doctoral education. During a seminar in the “Docent course”, accredited by Genombrottet at Lund University, the authors behind this paper ended up in a discussion on the actual conditions for developing such ability. During the discussions, the authors, based on their own experiences, identified several conditions that could hamper the PhD-students’ abilities to develop the skills required to independently formulate research questions. Examples of such conditions were: involvement in projects where objectives and deliverables already were stated by a funder, a lack of discussions with supervisors early in the PhD-process, and/or a lack of proper training. The authors also discussed if working with a compilation thesis automatically lead to contrived overall research questions, which resulted primarily as an afterthought at a very late stage in the process.},
  author       = {Antfolk, Christian and Di Julio, Douglas and Hassel, Henrik and Li, Ying Zhen and Uhr, Christian and Zhang, Baozhong},
  institution  = {Lunds universitet},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {Exploring the conditions for PhD-students to develop abilities to independently formulate research questions},
  year         = {2015},
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