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ERIC Number: EJ785333
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0742-5627
An Exploratory Study of the Supervision of Ph.D./Research Students' Theses
Vilkinas, Tricia
Innovative Higher Education, v32 n5 p297-311 Mar 2008
Twenty-five faculty members were interviewed to determine how they supervised their Ph.D. students' thesis preparation. A content analysis of the interview data indicated that the majority of them were task-focused. They supported their students intellectually, emotionally, and structurally. Some academics considered their students as colleagues, and a few developed research teams. Watching the students grow and develop and doing research with them as colleagues were the most enjoyable aspects of the supervision process. The integrated competing values framework (ICVF) was used to illustrate how most of the study participants were task-focused and were not able to deliver paradoxical roles; nor were they able to reflect on their supervisory capabilities and learn from those reflections.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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