ERIC Number: EJ1107759
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
"It's Not a Simple Thing, Co-Publishing": Challenges of Co-Authorship between Supervisors and Students in South African Higher Educational Contexts
Clowes, L.; Shefer, T.
Africa Education Review, v10 n1 p32-47 2013
Knowledge production in South Africa remains framed by the legacies of apartheid. Developing emerging authors and local knowledges through co-authorship between supervisors and post graduate students is an important strategy aimed at challenging these legacies. This paper draws on in-depth interviews with students and supervisors to explore their experiences of co-authorship. Findings indicate that while insisting that co-authoring has value, several students also note their discomfort with elements of the process. While insisting students' work be disseminated, and expressing willingness to engage in the mentoring that this requires, supervisors also articulate discomfort with processes offering opportunities for personal career development. Given increasing emphasis on co-authorship we suggest the power inequalities expressed through the supervisor/student relationship be made more transparent. Knowledge production through co-authorship is best served by collaborations between authors who are more equally empowered and who are more critically aware of the challenges such collaborations are likely to present.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Authors, Collaborative Writing, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship, Supervisors, Graduate Students, Semi Structured Interviews, Student Attitudes, Information Dissemination, Mentors, Career Development, Power Structure, Empowerment, Writing for Publication, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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