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Flexibility and open-mindedness
Research Skills required by PhD students D3: Demonstrate flexibility and open-mindedness ...
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9 March 2010
Research Skills required by PhD students D3: Demonstrate flexibility and open-mindedness
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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.
- What do you do when something surprising happens in your research?
- Do you read about research outside your discipline, for example in a digest such as New Scientist?
- Do you attend research seminars in other areas?
- How do you respond to challenges to your approach?
- If your supervisors ask you to do something other than you've planned, how do you respond?
- Are you willing to complement your preferred research approach by using other approaches?
- How do you respond to criticism?
- Can you recognise appropriate criticism when it is given?
- Can you describe how you go about incorporating constructive criticism into your research planning?
Evidence of this skill
These are examples of documents you can collect. Each implies a piece or work, which may be a good way for you to develop this skill.
- An example of incorporating constructive criticism into research planning (e.g., in supervisory meeting notes).
- A revised thesis chapter draft, incorporating feedback from your supervisor.
- An example of discussing your research with researchers outside your domain.
- Asking questions of a range of speakers at a generic event .
- A review of your training needs analysis and a revised training plan, to take account of unexpected developments in your project.
This page is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.