The unexpected learning that exists within a doctorate
This presentation will help researchers to consider how they learn, where they learn, and what they need to learn in order to navigate the doctorate. It introduces the concept of the Hidden Curriculum of Doctoral Education (Elliot et al, 2020), the unofficial learning which takes place in unexpected spaces. Formal learning opportunities are a well-established part of the PhD, and can be found in subject seminars and skills development courses, workshops, information sessions, and tutorials; these offer doctoral learners information and new knowledge, technical vocabulary and practical skills across a wide range of topics. Additionally, supervisors, advisors, mentors, peers, societies, committees, and global research networks have no doubt been rich providers of disciplinary insight and research conventions. This keynote shows how a doctorate presents an ecology of learning opportunities, and, by offering stories from real researchers, helps participants to take a closer look at how they can maximise their gains from the Hidden Curriculum of the doctorate.
Dr Kay Guccione is the Head of Researcher Development at the University of Glasgow. Since finishing her postdoc (Molecular Biology) and starting her career as a Researcher Developer in 2010, she has developed specialisms and research interests in mentoring, research supervisor development and research community building – anything that revolves around a good quality conversation. In 2018, she was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of her impact in this area, and this is where her work at University of Glasgow focuses. Her external key projects and collaborations: the Hidden Curriculum in Doctoral Education blog and book series, the Supervising PhDs blog, and Thriving Part Time - a forthcoming book.