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ECRs Questionnaires

Researcher Identity Development

Improving the careers and well-being of researchers

This intellectual output includes three instruments. The Cross-country Doctoral Experience Survey -C-DES-, the Cross-Country Post-Doctoral Experience Survey -C-PDES- and their manuals, and the Researcher and Covid-19 -Res&Covid- questionnaire. 

 

The C-DES- and CPDES- provide research-based tools for exploring doctoral and post-doctoral experiences across Europe. The questionnaires have been cross-culturally designed, based on series of qualitative/quantitative/mixed methods studies across seven European countries. The -Res&Covid- questionnaire has been designed and used to help researchers to reflect on the pandemic impact on their researcher activity.

Moreover, a series of videos have been designed and developed based on empirical data collected and analysed during the RID-SSISS project. Videos show different prototypical incidents that doctoral students and supervisors can encounter in their trajectory. A pedagogical guide for the analysis of critical incidents has been developed to encourage discussion among individuals and generate coping strategies to avoid such incidents and be prepared to deal with them in the future.

Description

 The two interactive questionnaires and manuals provide research-based tools for exploring doctoral and post-doctoral experiences across Europe. The C-DES and C-PDR manuals are provided in six languages including Finnish, Swedish, English, French, Spanish and Estonian. The questionnaires can be found in four languages; Spanish, English, Finnish and Catalan. Both questionnaires and manuals can be utilised by ECRs, supervisors, researchers, administrators, and other stakeholders involved in doctoral education to understand ECR experience better.

The two questionnaires, C-DES and CPDR, have been cross-culturally designed, based on a series of qualitative/quantitative/mixed methods studies across seven European countries. The scales and open-ended questions have been piloted across a minimum of 4 European countries before putting into the use. Some of the measures have been revised based on the pilots. New measures such as life-work-balance scale have been developed based on the pilots, and some changed, such as the research conceptions- scale. The C-DES's final version has been validated across 7 European countries and the C-PDR across two countries. The validation procedures have included several rounds of confirmatory analysis. The Res&Covid questionnaire is now being validated based on the Spanish population (n=2.888) following similar procedures. 

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The interactive version of the questionnaires has been embedded in the interactive platform "Researchers like Me" as a self-administered tool. Based on the questionnaires' data, two complementary instruments -critical incident journey plot and network plot- have been developed to reflect on ECR trajectories. These tools and their pedagogical use are included in the Guide for Researcher Development (GRED).

 

Doctoral Experience Survey & Manual

​The Cross-country Doctoral Experience Survey (C-DES):

The C-DES user's manuals:

 

Post-Doctoral Experience Survey & Manual

​The Cross-country Post-Doctoral Experience Survey (C-PDES):

The C-PDES user's manuals:

Videos on Critical Incidents

These videos aim at promoting reflection and discussion about problems and difficulties that can arise in relation to Early Career Researcher education. ECRs, supervisors, ECR instructors, and other relevant agents are invited to watch the videos and reflect on the case, the needs of each actor, the strategies they use, and their actions to solve the situation.

My first conference...

Paper rejection

My supervisor never has time!

The videos can be used as part of other training courses and materials to encourage discussion among individuals and generate coping strategies to avoid such incidents from happening and be prepared to deal with them in the future. To guarantee fruitful discussion, below is a guide aiming to promote in- depth analysis of the critical incidents.

 

Researcher Identity Development (2020).

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Improving the careers and well-being of researchers