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Student‐led research training within the PhD: “PhD experience” conferences

Theresa Mercer (Centre for Adaptive Science and Sustainability and Department of Chemistry, University of Hull, Hull, UK)
Andrew Kythreotis (Centre for Adaptive Science and Sustainability and the Logistics Institute, University of Hull, Hull, UK)
Carol Lambert (Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of Hull, Hull, UK)
Gill Hughes (Faculty of Education, University of Hull, Hull, UK)

International Journal for Researcher Development

ISSN: 2048-8696

Article publication date: 11 November 2011

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to highlight the significance of student‐led initiatives in PhD development.

Design/methodology/approach

A case study is presented utilizing Kolb's model of learning from experience to identify with student‐led research training within the PhD process.

Findings

The experiential role of the student in the development of their personal doctoral training and the resultant social interactions thereof, remain as important as the more structured supervisor‐student relationship and other forms of doctoral training within the PhD research process.

Originality/value

This paper contributes new insights into the process of how PhD students can become more empowered by the process of “doing” a PhD, rather than being confined to their own specific discipline, whilst offering future recommendations for students embarking upon PhD research.

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Citation

Mercer, T., Kythreotis, A., Lambert, C. and Hughes, G. (2011), "Student‐led research training within the PhD: “PhD experience” conferences", International Journal for Researcher Development, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 152-166. https://doi.org/10.1108/17597511111212736

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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