Challenging the dual assumption of the 'always/already' autonomous student and effective supervisor

Manathunga, Catherine and Goozee, Justine (2007) Challenging the dual assumption of the 'always/already' autonomous student and effective supervisor. Teaching In Higher Education, 12 3: 309-322. doi:10.1080/13562510701278658

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Author Manathunga, Catherine
Goozee, Justine
Title Challenging the dual assumption of the 'always/already' autonomous student and effective supervisor
Journal name Teaching In Higher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-2517
Publication date 2007-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13562510701278658
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 12
Issue 3
Start page 309
End page 322
Total pages 14
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject C1
330199 Education Studies not elsewhere classified
740301 Higher education
Abstract Postgraduate supervision, until recently, was regarded as an extension of research rather than as a form of teaching. Research students were assumed to be ` always/ already' autonomous scholars at the beginning of their candidature. So too, postgraduate supervisors were assumed to be ` always/ already' effective at supervising once they had endured the process themselves. Currently, postgraduate supervision is regarded as a form of mentoring, where students gradually master appropriate disciplinary research knowledge. Yet, supervisors also wrestle with the contradictory role of disciplinary gatekeeper. As a result, the ` always/ already' autonomous student and effective supervisor pair remains a strong underlying assumption in supervision pedagogy. This article explores how Justine, a new supervisor in the Health Sciences, and Catherine, an academic developer and supervisor in the Humanities/ Higher Education, hope to contribute to this debate by developing a collaborative approach to enhancing research students' critical analysis and independent learning abilities.
Keyword Education and educational research
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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