Mentors & Research Expertise

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The MethodSpace focus for August was on teaching research methods, and we’re continuing in September with resources on mentoring, supervising, and guiding researchers. You can find the whole series here.

What makes a good mentor in a research context? That is the question discussed in an earlier post. Skills, expertise, awareness, attitudes, and behaviors were mapped to three main categories of knowing, doing, and being. As current or potential mentor, how can you build on your strengths in these key areas?

Study is one way. In this collection of posts I will share SAGE Research Methods Reading Lists related to the topics suggested in the visual map. Let’s start with Research Expertise.

Some of us are deeply knowledgeable about a wide range of qualitative, quantitative, mixed and multimodal research approaches and keep up-to-date with emerging methods. Others of us are very familiar with the specific methodologies and methods we have used in our own research, and less familiar with other styles. We might not be an expert in the approaches mentees want to use, but gaining a working knowledge is important when we are trying to oversee the design process.

These resources can help! This Reading List includes some excellent dissertation and thesis guides that provide an overview of methodologies, and other research design resources.

I curate these lists to make it easier for you to find relevant books, chapters, articles, cases, and videos. You can share the lists, or pull resources into your own public or private lists. 

Learn more about SRM: A Primer on Getting the Most out of SAGE Research Methods. If your library doesn’t offer SRM, you would like to access the SAGE resources mentioned in this post, explore SAGE Research Methods with a free trial.

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