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Sustaining the researcher development agenda: the proper place for skills and autonomy

Gough, A.Martin (2010) Sustaining the researcher development agenda: the proper place for skills and autonomy. In: Vitae researcher development conference 2010: realising the potential of researchers, 6-7 Sept.2010, Manchester Midland Hotel. (Unpublished) (KAR id:25630)

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The sustainability of effective researcher development provision post-Roberts requires re-orientations of our thinking in a number of ways. Developers need to think from the perspective less of national policy and institutional organisation and more of the developing practitioner. Their autonomy needs to be the focus, understood in the positive, Kantian sense, freedom to explore new avenues of scientific and other enquiry and to direct their own development, underpinned by sense of value, individually and as a peer group. This emphasises the place of consciousness and reason in the development process. Both proponents and opponents of the skills agenda at this level are stuck in a realist mindset which demands critique. It promotes, on the one hand, an unhelpful deficit model of skills as discrete concrete requirements and, on the other hand, gives licence to the equally unhelpful challenge that skills and academic endeavour are worlds apart. This session provides opportunity for participants to explore the implications of these lines of thinking for practice and policy, especially with the advent of the new Researcher Development Framework.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BD Speculative Philosophy
Divisions: Divisions > Directorate of Education > Centre for the Study of Higher Education
Funders: Research England (
Depositing User: Martin Gough
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2010 13:41 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:40 UTC
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