'I went in feeling like a student and came out feeling like a researcher': An evaluation of the first Australian Masterclass for Emerging Researchers in Ageing

Bartlett, Helen and Peach, Linda (2008) 'I went in feeling like a student and came out feeling like a researcher': An evaluation of the first Australian Masterclass for Emerging Researchers in Ageing. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 27 4: 195-199. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2008.00318.x


Author Bartlett, Helen
Peach, Linda
Title 'I went in feeling like a student and came out feeling like a researcher': An evaluation of the first Australian Masterclass for Emerging Researchers in Ageing
Journal name Australasian Journal on Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1741-6612
Publication date 2008-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2008.00318.x
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 27
Issue 4
Start page 195
End page 199
Total pages 5
Editor Susan Quine
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Subject C1
970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
130103 Higher Education
Abstract To assess how well the 2008 Masterclass for Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) increased capacity for building careers in ageing research in Australia.

Twenty-six delegates rated 13 career-development activities for (i) the importance of each to their future careers and (ii) their perceived competence in each, before and after the Masterclass. Further qualitative feedback was collected at programme conclusion.

Publishing research and working on large-scale, collaborative research projects were rated significantly more important after the Masterclass. Delegates' competence in 11 of the 13 activities increased significantly, as did averaged overall competence. Qualitative data analysis indicated the Masterclass was particularly valued for networking opportunities and for providing access to senior people in the field.

This inaugural ERA Masterclass assisted emerging researchers in ageing to develop capacity in career development activities. These outcomes have important implications for building research capacity in ageing in Australia.
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Objective: To assess how well the 2008 Masterclass for Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) increased capacity for building careers in ageing research in Australia.

Methods: Twenty-six delegates rated 13 career-development activities for (i) the importance of each to their future careers and (ii) their perceived competence in each, before and after the Masterclass. Further qualitative feedback was collected at programme conclusion.

Results: Publishing research and working on large-scale, collaborative research projects were rated significantly more important after the Masterclass. Delegates' competence in 11 of the 13 activities increased significantly, as did averaged overall competence. Qualitative data analysis indicated the Masterclass was particularly valued for networking opportunities and for providing access to senior people in the field.

Conclusions: This inaugural ERA Masterclass assisted emerging researchers in ageing to develop capacity in career development activities. These outcomes have important implications for building research capacity in ageing in Australia.
Keyword ageing
emerging researchers
ERA
evaluation
research capacity-building
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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