The potential for Vygotskian sociocultural perspective in researching researcher development

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This paper builds on the recently emerged scholarship of researcher development and considers a potential conceptual framework to inform methodology in research on researcher development. Specifically, I begin by examining the knowledge base of researcher development and discussing a recently proposed agenda for research in the field. I then argue that there is a particular need for a conceptual framework to underpin research on researcher development and consider the potential of a framework that draws upon Vygotskian sociocultural and activity theory. At the end of the paper, I present analysis of qualitative data from existing researcher development literature to illustrate how this framework can be applied empirically.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 11
Number of pages11
JournalAsian Social Science
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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