Successful Research Supervision
Advising students doing research
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Successful Research Supervision offers a research-based practical framework for academics to examine and develop their effectiveness as research supervisors. Underpinned by practical and current research and focusing on the effective techniques needed to thrive as a supervisor, the second edition is fully updated, providing a go-to guide for both novice and more experienced supervisors.
With new sections examining ethical procedures, the use of social media to gather data and promote research, supporting academic writing and co-supervision, this book guides readers from the initial steps to managing a project through to successful completion.
This book will help academics to:
• expand a repertoire of actions and responses, giving the flexibility to meet different situations with ease and confidence
• understand the influence of value and experiences in the choice of 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.
By identifying the optimum combination of approaches to best fit individuals, Successful Research Supervision helps supervisors to move their students towards the ultimate goal of being able to study independently in a thoughtful, coherent and efficient manner.
This book is crucial reading for all supervisors looking to improve their practice. This is the companion guide to Successful Research Projects, a comprehensive and accessible guide for busy students facing postgraduate research projects. It covers the key questions, challenges and solutions and helps identify important goals and solve problems associated with research projects.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Tomorrow’s supervisor; Chapter 2: A framework for analysing approaches to teaching and supervision; Chapter 3: Theoretical background to the framework; Chapter 4: Functional Teaching and Supervision; Chapter 5: Supporting enculturation; Chapter 6: Developing Critical Thinking; Chapter 7: Enabling Emancipation; Chapter 8: Creating a relationship; Chapter 9: Using the framework; Chapter 10: Supporting Careers; Chapter 11: Supporting Academic Writing; Chapter 12: Dilemmas of co-supervision; Chapter 13: Creating the ethical researcher; Chapter 14: Supervising differently; Chapter 15: Preparing to examine research work; Chapter 16: Looking to the future: researching and developing research supervision skills; Conclusion; Glossaries to help further inquiry; References; Figures; Tables; Appendix; Appendix A: Supervisor’s questionnaire – exploring validity
Anne Lee is an independent academic. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, UK and was Associate Professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway. Find out more about her work at www.drannelee.wordpress.com
A fabulous resource for graduate advisors.
Professor Eric Mazur, Harvard University
Anne’s commitment to supporting supervisors is evident from this comprehensive guide.
Gill Houston, Chair, UK Council for Graduate Education
Whether you’re new to research supervision or an old hand, have a difficult student or simply want to update your supervisory skills, Anne Lee’s comprehensive and easy to use book on supervision is for you. It offers advice on a variety of pedagogic approaches to supervising, suggests ways of strengthening student acculturation and developing critical thinking, helps you build strong supervisor/student relationships, including constructive co-supervision, encourages support for academic literacy, deals with ethical dilemmas and provides strategies for student empowerment. It will not only answer all your questions about supervision, it will also make the supervisory process much more productive.
Professor Rosemary Deem, Royal Holloway, University of London
Essential reading for postgraduate supervisors as they steer tomorrow’s researchers through their doctoral studies.
Professor Alistair McCulloch,University of Southern Australia
Anne Lee is a pioneer in the academic and professional exploration of research supervision. She has helped countless supervisors hone their skills and many more students understand the value of supervision. Notably, Anne has provided much needed definitional and theoretical clarity and her model is the dominant framework for understanding both the supervisory role and relationship. Her experience and wisdom are now available in the 2nd edition of this book, which now includes a separate guide for students. I am excited to use both in my own supervisory practice.
Bruce Christensen, Australian National University
A treasure trove of practical advice.
Anna Gannon, University of Cambridge