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ERIC Number: EJ910820
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0307-5079
Giving Thanks: The Relational Context of Gratitude in Postgraduate Supervision
Unsworth, Kerrie L.; Turner, Nick; Williams, Helen M.; Piccin-Houle, Sarah
Studies in Higher Education, v35 n8 p871-888 Dec 2010
Successful postgraduate supervision is often dependent upon the quality of the relationship between postgraduates and their supervisors. This article reports on two studies that focus on grateful affect and grateful expression within low- and high-trust postgraduate-supervisor working relationships. In Study 1, a sample of Canadian postgraduates and supervisors was interviewed to explore the consequences of expressed gratitude and identify supervisory behaviors for which postgraduates are grateful. In Study 2, a sample of Australian postgraduates was surveyed. Results showed that perceptions of supervisors' altruism and the perceived value of supervisors' behaviors were positively related to the grateful affect felt by postgraduates in low-trust working relationships. In contrast, perceptions of supervisors' altruism and the perceived value of supervisors' behaviors were not related to grateful affect in high-trust working relationships. Implications for theory and practice are discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada