Tens of Things …

What is research capacity? Research capacity and TEL SPNECRE Tens of things

Habits of Highly Effective Researchers?

In the course of  literature reviews, project seminars and online discussions, the SPNECRE project and its continuation activities gathered evidence of practices with the potential to contribute to the research capacity building – both of individuals and more widely. Some of these were sources of information; others were specific ideas couched in terms of problem solving or overcoming barriers; others were about developing a more enduring research culture in which individual and collective research capacity could develop.

In most of these, we were able to identify ‘about ten’ examples, sources, or practices.  This collation itself was seen as useful by our project participants – to whom we are grateful for their suggestions and insights into their lives as researchers.  Not all of these are specific to TEL research – but many are, and highlight the particular challenges of working in new and cross-disciplinary spaces.

We have arranged these into the following groups. For the early career researcher, these are ideas which may be worth trying, or they may be useful in legitimising activities you already take part in: yes, other people do this too.  For those supporting early career researchers, supervising students or otherwise ‘building capacity’, these are things which may be worth supporting, suggesting or implementing.  Some of these seem very obvious.  But that doesn’t mean they happen …

So here are the ‘about tens’ – further suggestions are welcome via the comments function on each page:

Ten Practices: ways of working, collaborating and learning from others
Ten Themes: key themes around which discussions and controversy often centre
Ten Readings: guides, reviews and case studies to illuminate the field
Ten Organisations: where to go for information and support
Ten Online Networks: draw on the collective intelligence online
Ten No-Cost or Low-Cost Tools: more capacity for less – tools to support the impecunious researcher

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