At the end of the semester 3 research project the student is able to:
- Formulate and contextualise a research idea and ask researchable questions.
- Effectively plan and organize empirical research within the given practical constraints
- Carry out empirical research with diligence.
- Analyse and interpret data in a meaningful way and draw careful (intermediate) conclusions.
- Refine or revise research ideas and methodology throughout a research process.
- Contribute effectively to the research of others by giving critical (but constructive) feedback (peer review).
- Appreciate and incorporate critical feedback by peers to improve and deepen own research (peer review).
- Communicate process and findings in a clear and honest way to an interdisciplinary research community.
In groups, students do a small research project on a topic of their choice. It concerns a common phenomenon/problem that the student has observed or heard of. Starting from a somewhat vague idea and making it more concrete along through a pilot study and subsequent iterations, the students acquire experience in doing research:
Formative feedback will occur largely through peer-review and feedback. Well timed workshops put the students in the “right” mindset or help to improve skillset. Ample opportunity to exchange experiences, discuss and to express creativity.
- Experience what it takes to understand something scientifically
- Practice the required (academic) skills.
- Learn about the interplay/interaction between observation, instrument and the real world.
- Exchange research experiences and draw connections.
- Becoming aware of the implications of research and responsibility of researchers.
- Trailblazing in the sense of putting forward own ideas, seeing them through, and standing for them