Oneof the fundamental requirements to conduct doctoral research is goalarticulation (Repko, 2011). Articulation of a goal is characterizedby the ability to reflect on the research expectations,identification and expression of problem statement, and integrationof the problem with the research expectations. Articulating goalrequires analytical problem identification skills (Leedy &Ormrod, 2010). For example, identifying goals leads a researcher intoa specific research area. It creates direction and purpose.Articulation of goals streamlines the process of resource gatheringand makes it efficient when presenting research topic to thesupervisor in preparation for the doctoral research (O`Leary, 2013).Academic advisors also offer guidance based on the project goalspresented by a student. The process of goal articulation evokescritical and analytical skills that enhance a student’s ability torelate doctoral theoretical background, with problem statements inthe research environments. Faculty and doctoral research materialshelp students reflect on topics, research problems, and articulategoals based on research expectations.
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CWstresses the importance of basic research skills in enhancingpreparedness towards doctoral research. Purpose-driven learningprocesses encourage students to explore doctoral researchenvironments under minimal supervision and creates self-drive toenhance efficiency and competence in doctoral research. However, thestudent observes knowledge and expectation gaps in the currentcourse. Despite the negative perception, the student’s self-drive,coupled by the university’s resources increase the student’sproficiency.
EAargues that critical thinking is a fundamental skill in doctoralresearch as it helps in analysis and internalization of researchquestions. The student maintains the importance of appropriateresearch questions in enhancing the quality of research, based on theselection process of research materials. Critical thinking enhancesability to study, interpret and analyze data.
TBalso identifies critical thinking as a vital skill towards conductinga reliable and effective doctoral research. However, the student’sperspective focuses on the ability of critical thinking skills toexamine questions, develop research environment, map research processand expand research capacities to other disciplines.
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O`Leary,Z. (2013). Theessential guide to doing your research project.London, UK: Sage.
Repko,A. F. (2011). Interdisciplinaryresearch: Process and theory.London, UK: Sage.