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ERIC Number: ED539295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Visions of Effective Doctoral Supervision: Disciplines and Traditions in a Time of Change
Potter, Jacqueline A.; Creaner, Mary; Delany, David; Lalor, Joan
National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NJ1), Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (3rd, Dublin, Ireland, Nov 11-12, 2009)
The numbers of postgraduate doctoral students has steadily risen in Ireland and internationally in recent years. The Irish government has made a clear commitment to expand and develop research education, and the work of postgraduate students constitutes a vital part of the contribution of the university to research. Nationally, and within and across institutions, expectations are changing and a new infrastructure is being developed to meet the changes and improve the postgraduate research experience. The role of the supervisor is also under scrutiny. International work has shown that the quality of supervisory practice has a demonstrable effect on postgraduate outcomes (Cullen et al, 1994) and recent research shows how supervisor behaviour and conceptions of the role may vary across disciplines (Zhao et al, 2007; Lee, 2008). In this paper we report the aims, approaches and preliminary results from the qualitative research study Visions of Supervision (VOS). The VOS study uses grounded theory methodology to explore how senior academic staff from differing disciplinary backgrounds conceptualise effective doctoral supervision at a time of change and development in fourth level education in Ireland. The study was conceived of and initiated in response to a review of the international research literature on supervision undertaken by one of the authors. From this we identified a lack of published literature exploring supervision practices through in-depth qualitative approaches and in detailed relation to contextual factors such as discipline. These lacunae, and our interest in understanding how supervisors were responding to the range and speed of developments influencing graduate education in Ireland, were the initial questions we sought to illuminate with our study and which we begin to address in this preliminary paper based on our conference presentation. [For the full proceedings, "Research-Teaching Linkages: Practice and Policy. Proceedings of the Third Annual Conference of the National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (3rd, Dublin, Ireland, November 11-12, 2009)," see ED539248.]
National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. University College Cork, Distillery House North Mall, Cork, Ireland. Tel: +353-21-490-4690; e-mail: nairtl@ucc.ie; Web site: http://www.nairtl.ie
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Academy for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL) (Ireland)
Identifiers - Location: Ireland