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ERIC Number: ED478778
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jun
Pages: 30
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Dyad Interdependence: An Examination of the Student/Supervisor Relationship in Graduate Education.
Drysdale, M. T. B.
The purpose of this study was to examine satisfaction with the supervisory relationship, satisfaction with graduate education, reasons why both students and supervisors decide to work together, positive role modeling, and the decision to pursue an academic career. Other variables examined in the study included: gender, age, department/faculty, and student time to completion. Surveys were completed by 121 graduate students and 43 of their supervisors, resulting in 43 student/supervisor dyads. Supervisors reported greater satisfaction with the supervisory relationship than did students. Student satisfaction with the adviser was positively correlated with their satisfaction with graduate education. Point-biserial correlations and Pearson correlations revealed a significant positive relationship between overall satisfaction with the supervisory relationship and positive supervisor role modeling. However, the analyses failed to find significant correlations between the decision to pursue an academic career and overall satisfaction with the supervisory relationship and the decision to pursue an academic career and role modeling. A series of paired samples t-tests revealed significant differences between why students and supervisors decided to work together. Students selected "personality" as the most important reason for working with their supervisors, but supervisors selected "common research interest." (Contains 11 tables and 27 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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