I love learning and using different methods to answer RQs (when those methods are justified by the RQ and the data of course). I haven't met any resistance from my sups, but I wanted to get others' views on this. Do you venture out and learn new methods without direct supervision on how to use them? I mean studying out it yourself and then showing it to the sups. My concern is, I suppose, isn't the point in being supervised that you will learn methods from them? I suppose I am wondering am I being wise... or is something going to come back and bite me in the rear end? I learn things very thoroughly, but I suppose you can't beat that hands on support. What do people you do? Stick to the beaten path or venture out?
I used methods my supervisors have never used because, as you say, it was the best approach for the research questions and the data. I got training in the methods and managed to find a research network at another uni that I could join, which helped immensely in terms of feeling that I had some input from people experienced in the methods. My supervisors were fine about it but I can imagine this is something that would depend on the relationship with your supervisors and their style.
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