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Successful Research Supervision

Advising students doing research, 1st Edition

By Anne Lee


200 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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" a fabulous resource for graduate advisors" Eric Mazur, Harvard University

Successful Research Supervision offers a research-based practical framework for academics to be able to examine and further develop their effectiveness as research supervisors.

Research supervisors working in all levels of higher education must ensure that their students gain efficiencies from working as part of an effective cohort and develop high levels of interdisciplinary understanding and critical thought. To impart these disciplines effectively is essential for any successful research supervisor. From helping researchers to begin to managing a project through to successful completion, this book guides the reader through a series of exercises to identify their individual strengths and weaknesses and then provides theoretically sound advice in a practical and easy to use format. Successful Research Supervision is full of examples of the best practice from outstanding scientists, social scientists and humanities supervisors from both the UK and the USA.

This book will encourage and help academics to:

  • Expand their own repertoire and array of actions and responses, thus giving them the flexibility to meet different situations with ease and confidence
  • Identify the optimum combination of approaches to best fit individual students
  • Understand the influence of their own value and experiences in the choice of their approach to research students
  • Be able to choose the most appropriate combination of approaches for a particular curriculum or project
  • Employ a neutral language for developing and assisting others

It also provides policy makers and curriculum designers with practical guidelines for evaluating their work.

Anne Lee is an independent academic and was Senior Academic Development Adviser at the University of Surrey


'This book is a fabulous resource for Graduate Advisors.' - Prof Eric Mazur, Harvard University, USA

'Unlike other accounts, Anne’s book takes the reader inside the black box of supervision, it is the latest word on research supervision.' - Dr Stan Taylor, Head, Centre for Academic and Researcher Development , University of Durham, UK

'A comprehensive book offering both theoretical and practical advice to research supervisors. It would also be useful for anyone offering educational support to adult learners.' - Dr Margaret Price PhD FRCGP

'This book changes the way academics think about research supervision.' - Dr Kelly Coate, Vice Dean, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland

'Anne offers research-informed food for thought for supervisors at any level of experience.' - Dr Anna Gannon, University of Cambridge, UK

'[This] is an intellectually demanding book; every turn of the page prompts another thought, a different way of seeing or another new spark of interest. Anne Lee manages to be inclusive of different disciplinary areas, respecting and acknowledging differences but encompassing all - it would be equally hard for a physicist or historian to say that this book ‘isn’t relevant for my discipline’. This book has quickly won a place as a core text for our PGCertHE and I frequently find myself drawn to it when inspiration or insight is needed.' - Jan Pryse, University of Sussex, UK

Table of Contents

1. A Framework for Analysing Approaches to Teaching and Supervision 2. The Emergence of the Framework 3. Functional Teaching and Supervision 4. Supporting Enculturation 5. Developing Critical Thinking 6. Enabling Emancipation 7. Creating a Relationship 8. Using the Framework 9. Looking to the Future

About the Author

Anne Lee is an independent academic and was Senior Academic Development Adviser at the University of Surrey.

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