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Organising, providing and evaluating technical training for early career researchers: a case study

Organising, providing and evaluating technical training for early career researchers: a case study
Organising, providing and evaluating technical training for early career researchers: a case study
This paper considers the importance of providing technical training opportunities for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) worldwide through the case study of a MATLAB training programme, which was proposed, organised, managed and evaluated by a team of five ECRs at the University of Southampton. The effectiveness of the programme in terms of the improvement in technical competency and the encouragement of interdisciplinary collaboration between the ECRs receiving this training was evaluated using measures relating to levels 1 (Reaction), 2 (Learning) and 3 (Behaviour) of the Rugby Team Impact Framework evaluation model. Overall reaction to the training course was extremely positive and data from pre- and post-course surveys suggest a positive change in the long-term behaviour of delegates. The ECRs who organised this project gained valuable experience in team working, grant writing, project management and the development of teaching materials. Details of the organisation and evaluation of the course are presented.

early career researcher, technical training, evaluation
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van Besouw, Rachel M.
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Powles, Christopher J.
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Papadopoulos, T.
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van Besouw, Rachel M., Rogers, Katrine S., Powles, Christopher J., Papadopoulos, T. and Ku, Emery M. (2013) Organising, providing and evaluating technical training for early career researchers: a case study. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 1-11. (doi:10.1080/14703297.2012.760871).

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This paper considers the importance of providing technical training opportunities for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) worldwide through the case study of a MATLAB training programme, which was proposed, organised, managed and evaluated by a team of five ECRs at the University of Southampton. The effectiveness of the programme in terms of the improvement in technical competency and the encouragement of interdisciplinary collaboration between the ECRs receiving this training was evaluated using measures relating to levels 1 (Reaction), 2 (Learning) and 3 (Behaviour) of the Rugby Team Impact Framework evaluation model. Overall reaction to the training course was extremely positive and data from pre- and post-course surveys suggest a positive change in the long-term behaviour of delegates. The ECRs who organised this project gained valuable experience in team working, grant writing, project management and the development of teaching materials. Details of the organisation and evaluation of the course are presented.

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Published date: 27 February 2013
Keywords: early career researcher, technical training, evaluation
Organisations: Human Sciences Group

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Local EPrints ID: 349341
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/349341
ISSN: 1470-3297
PURE UUID: 850f957e-2bf6-424f-ad8c-749375eda0f0

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Date deposited: 28 Feb 2013 13:51
Last modified: 08 Jan 2022 12:03

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Author: Rachel M. van Besouw
Author: Katrine S. Rogers
Author: Christopher J. Powles
Author: T. Papadopoulos
Author: Emery M. Ku

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