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Postgraduate research students' and their supervisors' attitudes towards supervision

Ali, Parveen; Watson, Roger; Dhingra, Katie

Authors

Parveen Ali

Katie Dhingra



Abstract

There is a need for research exploring postgraduate research students’ expectations from research supervisors, the characteristics of effective student-supervisor relationships, and the opinions of students and supervisors about research supervision. We also need instruments to explore the student-supervisor relationship. The present study investigated postgraduate research students’ and research supervisors’ views about postgraduate research supervision and the student supervisor relationship. It also reports on factor analysis conducted to identify the underlying dimensions in their views about postgraduate research supervision and the student supervisor relationship. Such information can be used to develop strategies to promote student-supervisor relationships and enhance the student experience. Data were collected using an online questionnaire with 30 Likert-scale statements from 131 post-graduate research students and 77 supervisors. Following exploratory factor analysis, a three factor model consisting of leadership, knowledge, and support was extracted. Results indicate that students and supervisors agree about the attributes of effective supervision. Both supervisors and students consider that a supervisor should have an interest in the student’s research. The supervisor must provide timely and constructive feedback and should help the student to manage time effectively. Students and supervisors believe a supervisor should help the students where limitations and learning needs are identified. Students believe supervisors must encourage students to work independently and use opportunities to present their work.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2016-12
Journal International journal of doctoral studies
Print ISSN 1556-8881
Electronic ISSN 1556-8873
Publisher Informing Science Institute
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Pages 227-241
Institution Citation Ali, P., Watson, R., & Dhingra, K. (2016). Postgraduate research students' and their supervisors' attitudes towards supervision. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 11, 227-241. https://doi.org/10.28945/3541
DOI https://doi.org/10.28945/3541
Keywords Supervision, Effective supervisor, Research students' expectation, Supervisors' expectation, PhD supervision, Opinion
Publisher URL http://www.informingscience.org/Publications/3541
Additional Information This is a description of an article published in International journal of doctoral studies, 2016, v.11.