|What is the Toolbox Approach?||The Toolbox Approach consists of dialogue about a set of questions and statements (i.e., the “Toolbox”) in a workshop format. It helps researchers become aware of their own (disciplinary) thought style and the thought style of collaborating disciplines.|
|Why should it be applied?||Often, researchers of various backgrounds start from the assumption that they all share the same scientific thought style. In fact, disciplines differ in what they consider a scientific method, a correct research design or a reliable source of evidence. The Toolbox Approach reveals these underlying assumptions by asking simple (philosophical) questions such as ‘What kinds of data constitute scientific evidence?’. Revealing the underlying assumptions and making them explicit enables deep mutual understanding and deliberation on what shared standards could be.|
|When should it be applied?||The Toolbox Approach should best be used early in a joint process of knowledge production to lay a sound basis for collaboration.|
|How does it work?||
An Toolbox Approach workshop includes the following basic steps
2) Depending on the size of the group, the individual answers are discussed the whole group or in sub-groups. The discussion is self-organised.
3) In case of Likert scale, the participants can be asked to respond to the prompts a second time to check for changes induced by the discussion.
4) The workshop closes by discussing the experiences with the Toolbox in plenary.
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