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ERIC Number: EJ815060
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-1360-144X
The Development of Research Supervision: "Turning the Light on a Private Space"
Manathunga, Catherine
International Journal for Academic Development, v10 n1 p17-30 May 2005
Educational development for research supervisors is still a recent phenomenon. Early optional sessions on research supervision have now been replaced, particularly in the UK, continental Europe, and Australasia, by comprehensive and, in some cases, mandatory programs. Yet some of these programs focus solely on the administrative roles and responsibilities of supervisors, attempting to provide technical "fixes" that deny the genuine difficulties and complexities involved in supervision relationships. Some research supervisors resent the intrusion of educational developers into what many of them have regarded as a private pedagogical space. They interpret such programs as further instances of the quality assurance agendas of governments and university administrators, and are justifiably suspicious of what some describe as the colonial underpinnings of educational development. These reactions create tensions for educational developers. This article explores why educational development can be problematic for research supervisors. It then charts some current supervision educational development programs that seek to go beyond administrative interpretations of supervision. Finally, it examines whether the "Compassionate Rigour" supervision program, developed to address these difficulties, manages to respond respectfully and sensitively to supervisors' educational development needs. (Contains 2 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom