The development of research supervision: 'Turning the light on private space'

Manathunga, Catherine (2005) The development of research supervision: 'Turning the light on private space'. International Journal for Academic Development, 10 1: 17-30. doi:10.1080/13601440500099977

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Author Manathunga, Catherine
Title The development of research supervision: 'Turning the light on private space'
Journal name International Journal for Academic Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-144X
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13601440500099977
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 17
End page 30
Total pages 14
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2005
Subject C1
330199 Education Studies not elsewhere classified
740301 Higher education
Abstract Educational development for research supervisors is still a recent phenomenon. Early optional sessions on research supervision have now been replaced, particularly in the UK, continental Europe, and Australasia, by comprehensive and, in some cases, mandatory programs. Yet some of these programs focus solely on the administrative roles and responsibilities of supervisors, attempting to provide technical “fixes” that deny the genuine difficulties and complexities involved in supervision relationships. Some research supervisors resent the intrusion of educational developers into what many of them have regarded as a private pedagogical space. They interpret such programs as further instances of the quality assurance agendas of governments and university administrators, and are justifiably suspicious of what some describe as the colonial underpinnings of educational development. These reactions create tensions for educational developers. This article explores why educational development can be problematic for research supervisors. It then charts some current supervision educational development programs that seek to go beyond administrative interpretations of supervision. Finally, it examines whether the “Compassionate Rigour” supervision program, developed to address these difficulties, manages to respond respectfully and sensitively to supervisors’ educational development needs.
Q-Index Code C1
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