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Understanding Supervision and the P : Essential Guides for Lecturers - Moira Peelo

Understanding Supervision and the P

Essential Guides for Lecturers

Paperback Published: 17th January 2011
ISBN: 9781441177544
Number Of Pages: 192

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This book explores the experience of supervision and the PhD, drawing on a range of key viewpoints to further understanding of this complex educational experience. Providing a complex and challenging education in research, the PhD is unlike other degrees and at its heart is the key educational role of supervisor. "Understanding Supervision and the PhD" explores doctoral research as a real life experience, as understood from the perspective of key participants, including those who have successfully completed their PhD, those who are currently studying towards their PhD, those who are new to supervision, and experienced supervisors. "Understanding Supervision and the PhD" is written in the belief that supervisors' professional development is enriched by recognising the variety of perspectives, experiences and forms of PhD that shape the doctoral experience. This realistic approach places the complexity of the supervisor role at the centre of analysis, recognising the risks that accompany the achievements of the task. Topical and relevant implications are drawn and questions are raised for supervision throughout. This valuable approach enables supervisors to apply these accounts to their own disciplinary and academic settings; in particular, the book recognises that there are no simple answers to supervisory challenges.

'In my view every supervisor, whether new to the role or highly experienced, could benefit from reading this timely, intelligent and empathetic guide to ensuring that postgraduate students have positive and productive learning opportunities. Its scope is broad, covering all aspects of the role, and its tone is encouraging and supportive, drawing on extensive personal experience and on excellent National Teaching Fellowship funded research. It's a superb contribution to the theory and practice of research supervision.'
Sally Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Professor of Higher Education Diversity in Teaching and Learning, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
'This readable account reinforces the value of experiential approaches to doctoral work. Well worth reading for researchers, students and supervisors at any stage of their explorations of "Planet PhD"'.
John Hilsdon, Head of Learning Development, University of Plymouth, UK

Introductionp. 1
Outline of the bookp. 4
A note on researchp. 5
Analysing and interpreting supervisionp. 11
Setting the Scene
Teaching, Learning and Taking Risksp. 17
Supervision as teachingp. 21
Developing academic skills and social practices: the example of writingp. 23
Subject specialism and riskp. 25
PhD experience and riskp. 27
Implications for supervisionp. 30
Supervising Social and Academic Practices in a Political Contextp. 33
A crisis of expectations?p. 36
Tacit knowledge: negotiating the PhD as an examinationp. 37
Paradigm clashes and academic positioningp. 39
Supporting academic writingp. 42
Finishing draftsp. 44
Becoming an academic: ownership of knowledge within a hierarchyp. 45
Implications for supervisionp. 47
Key Perspectives
Completing: Slaying the Dragonp. 51
Overview of responsesp. 54
Was it a good or a bad experience?p. 55
Supervisionp. 58
Changep. 63
Implications for supervisionp. 64
Current Students: Making Progress and Experiencing Supervisionp. 67
Making progressp. 70
What hampers progress?p. 72
Expectations of supervision: communities and research culturesp. 73
Experiencing supervision - overviewp. 76
Scenarios: good, bad and mixedp. 81
Gender and disciplinep. 81
Implications for supervisionp. 84
Alternative Viewsp. 86
Communication and expectationsp. 89
Supervisor training and developmentp. 92
Change: the perceived impact of external driversp. 94
Models of supervisionp. 97
Implications for supervisionp. 100
Supervisors - Old and New
Supervision: A Shared View?p. 105
Overview of responses: shared viewsp. 108
Groups: discipline, gender and supervisor experiencep. 109
Supervisor-student relationship: concerns and enjoymentp. 112
Implications for supervisionp. 119
Learning to be a Supervisorp. 122
Developing expertise: being a new supervisorp. 125
Drawing on past experience: being a doctoral studentp. 129
Self-doubt: learning from othersp. 133
Expectations of supervisionp. 135
Implications for supervisionp. 136
The Voice of Experiencep. 138
Flexi-structuresp. 140
Collaborative supervisionp. 142
Learning to accept criticismp. 145
When it goes wrongp. 148
Implications for supervisionp. 151
Development and Training
Supervisor Courses: Training and Developmentp. 157
Looking backp. 157
Supervisors' views of training and developmentp. 162
Reconstructionp. 168
Workshops and coursesp. 171
Implications for supervisionp. 173
Referencesp. 176
Indexp. 181
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ISBN: 9781441177544
ISBN-10: 144117754X
Series: Essential Guides for Lecturers
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 17th January 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.11
Edition Number: 1