Working in a team
Research Skills required by PhD students F2: Understand one's behaviours and impact on others when...
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Research Skills required by PhD students F2: Understand one's behaviours and impact on others when working in and contributing to the success of formal and informal teams
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By the time students complete a PhD, they should be able to answer ‘Yes’ to most of these questions.
- Do you understand the different roles of the researchers in your department/research group?
- Can you identify:
- different needs and aspirations among your co-researchers and other students?
- relate those different needs and aspirations to how they prioritise and make decisions?
- Can you identify characteristics and behaviours which make you easy to work with?
- Can you explain why it matters that you be able to work effectively as a member of a team?
- Can you give an example of working as a team to resolve a problem or achieve a goal?
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.
- A reference from the leader of a team to which you have contributed.
- A record of successfully resolving a dispute with a co-worker or another student working with you.
- A record of successfully fulfilling a role – for example, organising the social events for a conference.
This page is based upon material produced by The Open University’s research school to support doctoral students.