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This is an orientation for new graduate students on the changes in the research tools between when I started graduate school in 1975 and 2009. I also talk about the primary skills that are......

This is an orientation for new graduate students on the changes in the research tools between when I started graduate school in 1975 and 2009. I also talk about the primary skills that are essential that haven't changed.

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  • 1. What is Graduate School All About?
  • 2. A Perspective from 1975
  • 3. University of Texas at Austin
  • 4. Austin– Capital of Texas
  • 5. Armadillo WorldHeadquarters
  • 6. Registration-- 1975
  • 7. “…the not-so-secret secret of becoming an expert is deliberative practice– working hard at a task in a focused, deliberative, and reflective way.” Robert Sternberg, 2004, Psychology 101 ½
  • 8. Coursework
    • Theory
    • 9. Research Methods/Statistics
    • 10. Content Courses
    • 11. Colloquium
  • Theory
    An ecological perspective on children, families, and
    communities.
  • 12. Content—reading about development
    More theory,
    Piaget, Piaget, Piaget…..
    A little Vygotsky, more
    Piaget, and American
    Piagetians.
  • 13. Methods & Statistics
    Campbell & Stanley-
    The “Bible” of Methods
    Analysis of Variance,
    Multiple Regression
  • 14. Transitioning from Student to Scientist
  • 15. “….faculty members want to show you how to do research and scholarship. They want to prepare you for an academic or other research-oriented career. They know that no one is ever going to pay you to sit in a classroom, take notes, and score well on exams. They expect you to …draw your self-esteem not from being a student but from being a researcher and scholar.” Charles Lord, The compleat academic, 2004.
  • 16. Research Tools
  • 17. Research Abstracts
  • 18. Reference Lists
  • 19. Enduring research skills
    Finding,
    Recording,
    Organizing, and
    Critiquing research literature
  • 20. Document Tools
  • 21. Data Analysis Tools
  • 22. SPSS– 2nd edition, 1975
  • 23. Qualitative Data Analysis--1980
    Qualitative data analysis was very uncommon in psychology programs in the 1970s.
  • 24. Master Data Analysis Tools
    • Practice data analysis
    • 25. Read the “results” sections of papers
    • 26. Ask to write the “results” sections of papers
    • 27. Take extra statistics/methods courses
  • 1977– big eventsDeposited Masters’ thesis &
  • 28. Learn to Write
  • 29. #1 reason why most junior faculty struggle with writing.
    “They did not learn how to write with fluency and constancy in graduate school.
    Instead, most worked on proposals and dissertations erratically and painfully, often procrastinating their writing far longer than they imagined possible.”
    Robert Boice, Advice for new faculty members, 2000.
  • 30. “You become an expert writer by writing a lot, and by working to improve you writing while you are doing it.” Robert Sternberg, 2004, Psychology 101 ½
  • 31. Research Assistantship
  • 32. Research Assistantship Tasks
    Data Collection
    Data Management
    Supervision of other students
    Working in teams
    Workflow management
    and Learning to think like a scientist
  • 33. Teaching Assistantship
    OOPS!!!
    Things I should have learned as a Teaching Assistant
    • How to manage a course
    • 34. How to compose and deliver a lecture
    • 35. How to compose and deliver any presentation
    • 36. How to grade
    • 37. How to foster a class discussion
    • 38. How to manage students
    • 39. Self-confidence in front of an audience
    • 40. Etc, etc.
  • “You become an expert teacher by teaching a lot, and by asking yourself how you can improve your teaching.”
    Robert Sternberg, 2004, Psychology 101 ½
  • 41. My own research
  • 42. Create your own learning opportunities.
    Audit a course
    Read all the course readings
    Volunteer to work on extra research projects
    Explore faculty across campus
  • 43. Professional Meetings
    American Psychological
    Association,
    New York City, 1980
    Why go to meetings:
    • Meet other scientists & practitioners
    • 44. Learn about newest findings
    • 45. Meet potential employers
    • 46. Meet other graduate students
    • 47. Go to fun cities!
  • “If you want to become an expert at whatever you do, work hard at it, and continually ask yourself how you can get better.” Robert Sternberg, 2004, Psychology 101 ½ .
  • 48. Dissertation--1980