Research Mentoring Service
- For generations, trade craft has been taught through an
apprenticeship, and research is the trade craft of the Scholar.
Traditionally, this is conducted by enrolling in a university program in an
advanced degree under the supervision of one or more professors.
- Most programs consist of pre-requisite courses, a series of
research related assignments for each course, and then when deemed ready by
the supervisor the student begins their exploration of a given domain with
the intent of finding something new and publishable.
- It is a process that takes time, effort and resources to
complete regardless of the value of the output.
- Often, students are left to discover this ‘process’ for
themselves and the experience can be quite daunting for the brightest of
- It does not have to be this way.
- My program is a true apprenticeship, tailored to the individual,
and consists of weekly discussions where the learner is guided through a
series of activities, assigned specific tasks to be completed before moving
on to the next stage, continuously supported between discussions, and
ultimately encouraged towards crafting their first scholarly publication.
- Learning Scholarship: Teaches the learner about the
first principles of research and scholarship.
- Tasks: Philosophy of Research, Ethics in Research, Problem
Formulation, Research Methodologies, Language of Research
- Conducting Research: Assists the learner in
efficiently accessing and utilizing academic literature and periodicals.
- Tasks: Literature Evaluation, Library Resources, Research
Databases, Online Resources, Academic Books
- Progressing Assignments: Mentors the learner through
a prescribed set of assignments that teach the foundations of academic writing,
re-writing and publishing.
- Tasks: Understanding a Domain, Deducing the Discussions,
Establishing the Problems, Pathways Forward
- Problem Articulation: Supports the learner in
organizing the chosen domain’s problem space and foundational issues into an
objective discussion that supports the introduction of new thought, new
findings, and innovations into the research domain.
- Tasks: Refinements, Substance and Form
- Publication: Mentors the learner in crafting a
publishable work and assists in getting it into an appropriate scholarly venue
such as a workshop, conference, journal and/or academic book.
- Tasks: Journals, Conference Proceedings, Book Chapters, Books