ERIC Number: EJ791598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Reference Count: 9
Challenges of Supervising Part-Time PhD Students: Towards Student-Centred Practice
Watts, Jacqueline H.
Teaching in Higher Education, v13 n3 p369-373 Jun 2008
The supervision of part-time doctoral students is a long-term academic enterprise requiring stamina both on the part of the supervisor and the student. Because of the fractured student identity of the part-time doctoral candidate, who is usually balancing a range of work, study, and family commitments, strategies to support their progress have to be proactive, well- planned, and sensitive to individual circumstances. Part-time students, however, cannot be seen as a unitary group as their learner motivation, personal circumstances, and support needs are highly individual. Drawing on ideas shared at a cross-faculty development workshop for PhD supervisors, this essay discusses approaches to supporting these students focusing on the themes of communication, planning, and empathy. It highlights the benefits of a student-centred pedagogy within postgraduate research education that takes account of both the pastoral and academic elements of the supervisor/supervisee relationship.
Descriptors: Supervisors, Role, Doctoral Programs, Part Time Students, Professional Isolation, Supervisor Supervisee Relationship, Interpersonal Communication, Planning, Empathy, Holistic Approach
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Education Level: Higher Education
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