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ERIC Number: EJ1131294
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1539-3100
Exploring Student and Supervisor Interaction during the SciPro Thesis Process: Two Use Cases
Hansen, Preben; Hansson, Henrik
International Journal of Distance Education Technologies, v15 n2 p33-44 Apr-Jun 2017
Common problems identified by students during their interaction with supervisors are too little instructions as well as infrequent and insufficient supervisor feedback. The SciPro system has been developed to tackle these problems. This paper describes, analyzes and discusses the interaction between students and supervisors using the SciPro system. Through two use cases involving two supervisors and 38 bachelor and master students, the authors show that the structure implemented in SciPro supports and allows for different pedagogical approaches and supervision styles. Ten different types of interactions in the thesis process are identified. In order to explain why some students do not complete within the timeframe, the authors identify six categories of problems: (1) language skills; (2) inability to apply research methods; (3) ability for self-study; (4) lack of creativity; (5) limited knowledge about how to write academic work; and (6) lack of motivation. The collaborative stage of group-supervision may be one possible way to deal with the different type of support for the process of managing student theses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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