Getting Started as a Researcher

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About this theme

In this theme you will work through a series of texts and activities and reflect on your view of research as well as the skills you are developing. Most activities are supported by textual or audio material and are there to stimulate your thinking in a given area. Through this theme you will have a broad understanding of what is expected of you, the skills you will be developing, the different approaches to research and the importance of developing a clear and mutually understood relationship with your supervisor.


In this theme you will learn how to:

  • Recognise your own motivation for carrying out research;
  • Identify your belief system that underpins your view of knowledge;
  • Appreciate the broad nature of the research process within a research community;
  • Recognise the critical nature of the supervisor-student relationship in the research process.