Research Skills: Critical Thinking
Critical thinking skills required of excellent PhD or doctoral students
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12 November 2010
An excellent researcher at doctoral or PhD level:
- Is able to understand argument (oral and textual) and articulate own assumptions; developing independent and critical thinking.
- Has the ability to recognise and validate problems.
- Recognises multiple ways of knowing.
Looking ahead, a doctoral student can aim to become an excellent early-career researcher who:
- Recognises significant and important arguments and assumptions.
- Is capable of original, independent and critical thinking, and has the ability to develop theoretical concepts.
- Makes sound and realistic judgements.
Note: These skills are identified in the UK Researcher Development Framework – where they appear as A2.3 Critical thinking