This book explores the experience of supervision and the PhD, drawing on a range of key viewpoints to further understanding of this complex educational experience. Providing a complex and challenging education in research, the PhD is unlike other degrees and at its heart is the key educational role of supervisor. "Understanding Supervision and the PhD" explores doctoral research as a real life experience, as understood from the perspective of key participants, including those who have successfully completed their PhD, those who are currently studying towards their PhD, those who are new to supervision, and experienced supervisors. "Understanding Supervision and the PhD" is written in the belief that supervisors' professional development is enriched by recognising the variety of perspectives, experiences and forms of PhD that shape the doctoral experience. This realistic approach places the complexity of the supervisor role at the centre of analysis, recognising the risks that accompany the achievements of the task. Topical and relevant implications are drawn and questions are raised for supervision throughout.
This valuable approach enables supervisors to apply these accounts to their own disciplinary and academic settings; in particular, the book recognises that there are no simple answers to supervisory challenges.
Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 244 x 169 x 20 mm
'In my view every supervisor, whether new to the role or highly experienced, could benefit from reading this timely, intelligent and empathetic guide to ensuring that postgraduate students have positive and productive learning opportunities. Its scope is broad, covering all aspects of the role, and its tone is encouraging and supportive, drawing on extensive personal experience and on excellent National Teaching Fellowship funded research. It's a superb contribution to the theory and practice of research supervision.'
Sally Brown, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and Professor of Higher Education Diversity in Teaching and Learning, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK
'This readable account reinforces the value of experiential approaches to doctoral work. Well worth reading for researchers, students and supervisors at any stage of their explorations of "Planet PhD"'.
John Hilsdon, Head of Learning Development, University of Plymouth, UK