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Guys! Let Me Tell You About My PhD Supervisor: Postgraduate Supervision Practicalities and Approaches

Aceme Nyika
from: Postgraduate Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for PhD and Master's Students and their Supervisors (Author: Aceme Nyika). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2018) Pages: 97-108.


Postgraduate supervision is critical in the development of resourceful and innovative professionals for the future. The development of student-supervisor environments that are conducive to effective learning requires an inclusive and participatory process that takes into account a wide range of characteristics of students being supervised on one hand and supervisors on the other. Due to power differentials in the student-supervisor relationships, students may not reveal some of their perceptions, challenges, expectations, shortcomings or other characteristics to their supervisors or university structures. In this paper, a hypothetical case study which captures a wide repertoire of pertinent issues surrounding doctoral student-supervisor relationships from different perspectives is presented. The case study shows that interpersonal relationships are dynamic and are affected by multiple factors, some of which are beyond the control of the students and or supervisors concerned. The author concludes therefore, that a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to postgraduate supervision is not always effective and is inadvisable read more ...
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