Category Archives: advancing your research supervision practice

What I am currently writing about.

Having taken on a university wide research supervision professional development program for Birmingham City University, my agenda with regard to research supervision has been brought back to its origins when I undertook a similar project for Queensland University of Technology. … Continue reading

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Why is investigating research supervision practice important?

Reflective practice (Schön, 1983) is seen in almost, if not all, professions as something which enhances professional practice. It helps professionals understand problems encountered in their practice from others’ perspectives (Ferry and Ross-Gordon, 1998; Yanow and Tsoukas, 2009; Kilminster, Zukas, … Continue reading

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Advancing your research supervision

The idea of improving research supervision arose from studies undertaken at around the time that the funding formula for university based research changed to focus on completion rather than enrolment (Ingrid Moses, 1984). This shifted the emphasis for universities from … Continue reading

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Evaluating your own research supervision practice

In some parts of this blog I have looked at a set of analytical tools for ascertaining your student’s progress. In the professional capacity of being a research supervisor it is also important to ascertain your own progress as a … Continue reading

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What does it mean to advance your practice?

Some professional practices come with an established and documented set of practices. When I read Accounting in my undergraduate studies, Bookkeeping seemed a little like that. Research supervision practice is part of a broader arena of academic practice and sits … Continue reading

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Advancing Research Supervision practice by looking backwards

When academics move into the realm of research supervision as part of their professional practice, they do so with an established body of knowledge about this aspect of academic practice, which they have acquired through their own experiences of undertaking … Continue reading

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Advancing your research supervision through rigorous investigation

In these blogs about advancing research supervision practice I have emphasised the importance of reflecting on practice. Another way to make use of the process of reflecting on one’s professional practice is to formalise it into what I describe as … Continue reading

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Advancing your research supervision by being in a community of practice

The notion of a community of practice is often credited to Etienne Wenger (1998: page 2). It involves groups of practitioners coming together to learn and share their practice. A community of practice defines itself along three dimensions: What it … Continue reading

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Being Mentored

Mentoring involves an experienced practitioner guiding a novice or less experienced practitioner. The practice has evolved from the medieval master-apprentice approach to learning and has emerged in many different practices. With research supervision, the practice of mentoring mirrors the research … Continue reading

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Practicing and reflecting on the practice of research supervision.

Any professional practice can benefit from reflective practice. Finding the time to reflect is always the challenge. Research supervision is the same. The most profound way to advance your practice of research supervision is to make time to reflect on … Continue reading

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