Across the world, close to half of the doctoral students will drop out or never finish their dissertation (Bair, 2004). Although many external and personal reasons may influence such decisions, recent research has found that feeling like you are making progress is a common marker of persistence in the Ph.D. (Devos et al., 2017). Indeed, having a sense of everyday progress is known to be crucial for engagement and employee satisfaction in many other knowledge professions as well (Amabile & Kramer, 2011).
This participatory workshop aims at making doctoral students aware of some of the latest research on developing a sense of progress at work, in doctoral studies and elsewhere. The workshop also will serve as a platform for participants to exchange useful practices and indicators of everyday progress in their different disciplines, and to design/ideate ways in which they can develop such an everyday sense of progress.
The workshop will include mini-lectures, as well as structured individual and collaborative exercises and discussions, to enable the productive exchange of ideas and useful practices among the participants.
The session will be facilitated by Luis P. Prieto, Senior Researcher at the School of Educational Sciences in Tallinn University, and host of the blog “A Happy PhD”, which focuses on doctoral student productivity and wellbeing.
The session is part of a wider research effort to support doctoral students’ sense of progress, and some parts of the participants’ responses (written or otherwise) may be recorded and analyzed for research purposes, if participants consent to that (but this is not a requirement to participate in the workshop). The session will be held in English.
Contact: Ursula Haava firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration deadline: December 4
TU TEE – TALLINN UNIVERSITY AS A PROMOTER OF INTELLIGENT LIFESTYLE