B10 - Non-judgemental communication for researcher development

Day 1 at 16:20 - Non-judgemental communication in peer-interaction can support individual development of the intellectual capacity and personal effectiveness required for self-motivated exploration and discovery. It can also increase collegiality among researchers who work together, enhancing their potential for future engagement and influence. The disciplined use of non-judgmental communication skills for an agreed period of time does not replace the need for the usual academic discourse of argument, critique, discussion and evaluation. It offers additional opportunities to find different ways forward. The approach can be applied to strictly intellectual issues, to the strategic planning of projects or career progression, to the formulation of publication proposals or grant applications, or to other issues of personal or interpersonal significance.

Presentation from Workshop B10


Day Day 1
Session B
Start time 16:20
Strand Postgraduate Research and Research Staff
Code B10
Presenters Dr Mariam Attia - Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Education, University of Durham

This session will cover

  • Active experience of the basic skills involved
  • Presentation of the underlying principles
  • An introduction to the website www.cooperative-development.com, and its emerging community of researchers and researcher educators engaged in the use of non-judgemental discourse.

Participants will

  • Understand, both experientially and intellectually, the differences and opportunities offered by the use of non-judgemental discourse
  • Be in a position to judge for themselves the potential of the approach for the growth of their own personal effectiveness and interpersonal engagement as they give and receive collegial peer support for individual self-development. 


Task-based interaction, information, exemplification, discussion, networking opportunities