Articulating and developing supervisory skills through collaborative action research

MacFadyen, Ann, English, Christine and Coates, Maggie (2020) Articulating and developing supervisory skills through collaborative action research. International Journal for Academic Development, 25 (4). pp. 324-336. ISSN 1360-144X

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Postgraduate master’s dissertation supervision is one of the least understood aspects of academic practice. Using action research, twenty-five master’s supervisors aimed to develop a better understanding of the complexities and challenges involved in this role. Through focus groups, individual interviews and monthly workshops, they developed and piloted resources for new supervisors. The main complexities and challenges identified and articulated were: understanding the student; accepting the unpredictability of their progress; tailoring support; giving constructive feedback; developing their personal understanding of supervision. Following the project, those involved reported increased awareness and confidence in their supervisory role and changes in their academic practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: master’s, postgraduate, supervision, supervisor, action research
Subjects: X200 Research and Study Skills in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2019 15:49
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2020 11:02

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