ERIC Number: EJ719283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: 55
Supervisor Selection or Allocation and Continuity of Supervision: Ph.D. Students' Progress and Outcomes
Ives, Glenice; Rowley, Glenn
Studies in Higher Education, v30 n5 p535-555 Oct 2005
This article reports part of an Australian longitudinal study which examined the patterns evident in the relationships Ph.D. students and supervisors developed and the ways they worked together. The participants were 21 Ph.D. students and their main supervisors. Data were collected via interviews conducted between 1995 and 1998. Three interviews were conducted separately for each student and supervisor. This report focuses on the allocation of supervisors to students and continuity of supervision in relation to students' progress and satisfaction with supervision. From this small sample it appears students who felt involved in supervisor selection, whose topics were matched with their supervisors' expertise and who developed good interpersonal working relationships with supervisors were more likely to make good progress and be satisfied. This was more likely when supervisors were experienced and senior academics or the student had two active supervisors. Disruptions caused by a temporary change of supervisor created problems and delays. Suggestions to overcome this are made.
Descriptors: Supervisors, Doctoral Programs, Foreign Countries, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship, Student Attitudes, Individual Characteristics, Graduate Students, Student Participation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia