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The Routledge Doctoral Supervisor's Companion Supporting Effective Research in Education and the Social Sciences

Edited By Melanie Walker, Pat Thomson Copyright 2010
    336 Pages
    by Routledge

    336 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Accompanying The Routledge Doctoral Student’s Companion this book examines what it means to be a doctoral student in education and the social sciences, providing a guide for those supervising students. Exploring the key role and pedagogical challenges that face supervisors in students’ personal development, the contributors outline the research capabilities which are essential for confidence, quality and success in doctorate level research. Providing guidance about helpful resources and methodological support, the chapters:

    • frame important questions within the history of debates
    • act as a road map through international literatures
    • make suggestions for good practice
    • raise important questions and provide answers to key pedagogical issues
    • provide advice on enabling students’ scholarly careers and identities.

    While there is no one solution to ideal supervision, this wide-ranging text offers resources that will help supervisors develop their own personal approach to supervision. Ideal for all supervisors whether assisting part-time of full-time students, it is also highly suitable for helping academics to support international students who confront Western doctoral traditions and academic cultures, helping both supervisor and student to understand why things are as they are.

    Part I  Introduction Why the doctoral companions? Melanie Walker and Pat Thomson  Notes on Contributors  Illustrations (Tables/Figures)  Using this book  1. The changing nature of the doctorate and doctoral students Pat Thomson and Melanie Walker  Part II: Supervision as pedagogy/ies  2. Doctoral education as ‘capability formation’ Melanie Walker  3. Perhaps I should be more proactive in changing my own supervisions': student agency in 'doing supervision Jackie Goode  4. From poster to PhD: the evolution of a literature review Kerryn Dixon and Hilary Janks  5. Understanding doctoral research for professional practitioners Terry Evans  6. Critical transcultural exchanges: educational development for supervisors Catherine Manathunga  7. Negotiating the layered relations of supervision Barbara M. Grant  8. Adapting signature pedagogies in doctoral education: The case of teaching how to work with the literature Chris M. Golde  Part III: Challenges in supervision pedagogy/ies  9. Supervising part-time doctoral students: issues and challenges Jacqueline H. Watts   10. Supervising part-time doctoral students Terry Evans  11. Fortunate travellers: learning from the multiliterate lives of doctoral students Sue Starfield  12. Internationalization of higher education: challenges for the doctoral supervisor Anna Robinson-Pant  13. International Students and Doctoral Studies in Transnational Spaces Fazal Rizvi  14. The doctorate in the life course Diana Leonard  15. Rhythms of place: Time and space in the doctoral experience Sue Middleton  16. Global social justice, critical policy, and doctoral pedagogical spaces Elaine Unterhalter  17. Coming to terms with research practice - Riding the emotional rollercoaster of doctoral research studies Angus Morrison-Saunders, Susan A. Moore, Michael Hughes and David Newsome  18. Doctoral education in global times - ‘Scholarly quality’ as practical ethics in research Terri Seddon  19. The truth is not out there: becoming ‘undetective’ in social and educational inquiry - Crime fiction and social inquiry: intertextual continuities Noel Gough  20. A personal reflection on doctoral supervision from a feminist perspective Miriam E. David  21. Writing in, writing out: Doctoral writing as peer work Claire Aitchison and Alison Lee  22. Creating discursive and relational communities through an international doctoral student exchange Julie McLeod and Marianne Bloch  23. The relationship between doctoral students’ approach to research and experiences of their research environment Keith Trigwell   24.  Educating the doctoral student: don’t forget the teaching Tony Harland


    Pat Thomson is Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Australia and a Visiting Professor at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia.

    Melanie Walker is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Nottingham, and is also Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.