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.
Q. Could you talk more about the personal nature of guiding researchers?
JES. It will take more than one post to answer this question! Let’s start here: generosity is central to the personal dimension of mentoring. As mentors, we need to be willing to share what we know, what we’ve learned from study, and importantly, what insights have come from trial and error.
Stories are one way to share what we know. Stories help to connect the dots between points mentees gather on their own, or from the literature. I wrote “Crafting meaningful stories to bring research methods to life” for the Textbook and Academic Authors Association blog, so take a look!