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ERIC Number: EJ921563
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0020-4277
An Ecological Model of Developing Researcher Competence: The Case of Software Technology in Doctoral Research
Stelma, Juup
Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, v39 n3 p367-385 May 2011
This paper presents an ecological model of developing researcher competence, with a particular focus on doctoral students' use of research software. The model extends on theoretical work done by Young et al. ("Instructional Science 30"(1): 47-63, 2002), modelling the intentional dynamics of technological learning contexts. The development of the ecological model is linked to existing ways of understanding the doctoral experience. This includes the recent emphasis on pedagogy and learning, as well as different conceptualisations of context. The experiences of three doctoral student informants are used to exemplify aspects of the ecological model. A description of an e-learning resource, designed to support Education doctoral students' use of research software, illustrates a concrete pedagogical contribution of the model. The paper concludes with a more general discussion of contributions of the model to the field of ecological psychology and the literature on doctoral education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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