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Twists and Turns: EDiTE Doctoral Workshop at ELTE

 

On Tuesday, 21 November in Budapest, ELTE’s Doctoral School of Education has organised an EDiTE doctoral workshop under the title Twists and Turns of PhD research. This event followed a slight experimental note by inviting four EDiTE Early Stage Researchers, namely Deisi Yunga, Tamás Toth, Andras Fehervari and Helena Kovacs, and four Hungarian doctoral candidates, Ivett Kovács, László Horváth, Ágota Szücs and Kinga Káplár-Kodácsy. Split in two groups (2 EDiTE and 2 Hungarian doctoral students per group) the young researchers present their research to the audience from the Department of Education. Apart from providing the opportunity to present the research, the aim of the workshop also involved the intention to create peer-to-peer learning format, share methodological dilemmas and receive feedback from established academics.

The presentations in each of the two groups were closely followed by two senior researchers and one methodological expert who provided valuable input on the progress and the quality of the research. Prior to the workshop, the presenters drafted an abstract of the research and were asked to elaborate on three dilemmas that they battle while working on their research, namely content-, methodology- and design-related problems and questions. After the presentations, and the Q&A session addressing specific points in the presentations, an entire session was allocated to discuss dilemmas proposed by the young researchers.

The fact that doctoral research does involve twisting and turning was indeed evident through the session discussing dilemmas and questions and the senior ELTE researchers tried to provide useful input for young researchers who were also at different stages in their academic work. EDiTE Technical Secretariat, Judit Saád and Kinga Káplár-Kodácsy, made sure that the event was well-coordinated and smoothly implemented, and overall the satisfaction by those involved and the success of this event provided a good reason for Twists and Turns to be repeated in the nearby future.