Navigating through the maze: the practical issues of conducting research for novices

Duncan A. Shaw, Shadi Abouzeid

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New postgraduate students embark on their research journey typically with little or no experience in doing research. Supervisors and other more experienced student researchers might help them to find their feet during the first few weeks of their research by sharing their own experience of how they solved similar problems during their research. In this way each novice researcher can learn and benefit from other researchers´ ways of resolving problems. This paper discusses the real concerns that researchers reflected upon during a two-day research workshop, where researchers share problems, exchange ideas for overcoming them and learn from each other´s experiences of conducting research. The output from the workshop is in the form of hints and tips that can guide novice researchers when faced with initial problems. The paper can also be used by a department to induct a novice researcher into their environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-64
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Graduate Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • postgraduate students
  • research
  • experience


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