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ERIC Number: EJ1159359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0020-4277
Experiencing Variation: Learning Opportunities in Doctoral Supervision
Kobayashi, Sofie; Berge, Maria; Grout, Brian W. W.; Rump, Camilla Østerberg
Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, v45 n6 p805-826 Dec 2017
This study contributes towards a better understanding of learning dynamics in doctoral supervision by analysing how learning opportunities are created in the interaction between supervisors and PhD students, using the notion of experiencing variation as a key to learning. Empirically, we have based the study on four video-recorded sessions, with four different PhD students and their supervisors, all from life sciences. Our analysis revealed that learning opportunities in the supervision sessions concerned either the content matter of research (for instance, understanding soil structure), or the research methods--more specifically how to produce "valid" results. Our results illustrate "how" supervisors and PhD students create a space of learning together in their particular discipline by varying critical aspects of their research in their discussions. Situations where more open-ended research issues were discussed, created more complex patterns of variation. Both PhD students and supervisors can learn from this. Understanding of this mechanism that creates learning opportunities can help supervisors develop their competences in supervisory pedagogy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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