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Participants in this eight-weeks course will learn how to build up their thesis problem statements, how to derive matching research questions, and how to relate these to the literature.
This course is suitable for participants in the following Thesis stage:
While we prefer a minimum of 3 participants per course, we understand that the doctorate is a very individual undertaking. Therefore, we are open to deliver courses at an individual level.
Participants in this eight-weeks course will:
1. Learn how to identify and articulate scientific and workplace-based issues,
2. Practice how to problematize and articulate their research problems,
3. Train how to derive corresponding research questions and ensure that these are actionable,
4. Build up an understanding about the potential conflicts in between outcome expectation (such as a wanted solution), the research problem (the actual issue at hand) and the research question (that determines the focus and actions of the research).
This eight-week course will cover the following topics:
Week 1: What is the issue? What is the issue and what is known from the literature about it?
Week 1 attempts to bring out the issue the research is tackling and what is already known from the literature about it.
Week 2: What is the problem? What are the exact problematics within the current situation?
Week 2 will call on the researcher’s perception aimed at bringing out the exact problematics within the current situation.
Week 3: What is the question? What are the research question/s the problem asks for and who has previously asked these?
Week 3 will work out the research question/s that the problem asks for and will attempt to identify literature sources that have studied such research question/s before.
Week 4: What’s next? How to start off the research?
Week 4 is dedicated to deriving possible next actions based upon the techniques and methods identified in the earlier three weeks.
Week 5: What are the stakeholder perceptions? How could these stakeholder perceptions guide you in your research design?
Week 5 is a ‘hands-on’ week that asks for engagement with those to whom the issue and problem relates to advance the issue and problem understanding and use this understanding as a guide for your research design.
Week 6: Is it the question, or is it the answer?
Week 6 aims at evaluating how well the week 5 answers correspond to the initially developed issue and problem statements and the derived research questions.
Week 7: Issue identification, problematizing and research question framing revisited
Week 7 draws on the outcomes of week 6 and asks you to revisit the initially developed issue and problem statements, and the research questions.
Week 8: Problem/issue progression report
This final week will wrap up the lessons learnt through this course and asks you to present these in either (1) a poster, (2) a presentation, or (3) an abstract.
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