Category Archives: research supervision as relationship

Seeking emotional support

Recently I had coffee with a student who, in the pursuit of an appropriate PhD scholarship, had transferred interstate to take up his research studies at the university.  The conversation highlighted one of the emotional elements of undertaking research degrees, … Continue reading

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What constitutes relevant knowledge about a research student?

When I present workshops (or cabarets) on research supervision, particularly the relational aspects of research supervision, I often draw on the lyrics of Stephen Sondheim’s song from ‘Company’, the little things we do together. One particular line refers to ‘It’s … Continue reading

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Negotiating delivery of research supervision service

Since discussions about research supervision started in the mid 1980s there has been talk about the importance of the student negotiating with their supervisor about a delivery of service. Some of this emerged in the literature under a banner of … Continue reading

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How Close to Supervise?

In this blog I am pleased to welcome William Stevenson as a guest writer. One thing a research leader needs to establish early on is how closely to supervise the members of his group, in particular how often to get … Continue reading

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Research Supervision as relationship

A research study undertaken by Ingrid Moses (1984), at the time numbers of research students in Australia were increasing, is likely to have established an agenda for the relational aspect of research supervision. This study explored the idea, common in … Continue reading

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5 strategies to motivate your research student

Recently I was asked to talk to a group of new research students at the end of their week long orientation course. I was asked to talk about Maintaining the Momentum, which I interpreted as helping to maintain an interest … Continue reading

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Recognising and empathising with thesis depression

In my first blog I wrote about working with a student who was experiencing impostorhood. This is just one of the emotional experiences that can occur in candidature. Another often talked about, but not so well documented emotional experience of … Continue reading

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Considering the research student-supervisor dialogue.

Research supervision is the predominant teaching method by which a research student learns how to do research and how to write about research. It is based on conversations between the research supervisor and their student and as a teaching method … Continue reading

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Not a one-stop shop – Knowing when to refer the research student to others

There can be a sense when you are a research supervisor that you become all things to all people. An alternative mode of operation is recognising your own limits and knowing when to refer a student to another professional. I … Continue reading

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Resilience in the face of adversity

I was listening recently to the cafe owner where I take my Saturday morning coffee, and his experiences of his house flooding during the Brisbane floods. I was impressed with his resilience that, despite this set back, he not only … Continue reading

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