From research question to literature study

Content

Setting up the research question should be the result of trial and error accompanied by the literature study. Too often, the research question is either seen as the climax of a literature study, or vice versa, as a means to expand the initial research question into other fields. This workshop discusses the most productive ways to define the research question, and how to refine it with the help of a literature study while staying focused on the research work, leading to substantial reduction in reading times and going from input to output. We discuss some research management tools, practical issues on finding information as well as online tools to speed up the process. In the first session, the lean start up approach is discussed using the students’ examples, and set up a task with the plan to write a paper in 1 week. In the second session, we discuss the progress during this week.

Trainer

Prof. Claeys (VUB)

Practical Information

1 ECTS for active participation during the workshop + making the necessary preparations (see below) before the workshop.

Preparation:

Participants should submit an example case of a research question + literature study in their field + a statement of the main difficulties encountered, and the main doubts students have on developing their research question. This must be a one page document (at most) and must be send one week before to Prof. Claeys at Peter [dot] Claeys [at] vub [dot] ac [dot] be.

Competences:

·         -           manage research study

·         -           use online tools

·         -           plan interaction research question/ literature study

 

When?          20 February 2018 & 20 March 2018 from 16:00-18:00h

Where?           Campus Etterbeek - rooms to be confirmed


Registration

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Free of charge for PhD students

We kindly ask you to register only once and only when you can actually participate. In case you have already registered but are not able to participate, please be so kind as to notify us by sending an e-mail to doctoral [dot] schools [at] vub [dot] ac [dot] be so we can offer your place to one of your PhD colleagues on the waiting list.

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