Challenges And Issues Facing Postgraduate Supervisors
Whilst there are many texts advising supervisors and students about postgraduate studies and about supervision (Phillips and Pugh 1987, Delamont et.al 1997, Zuber Skerritt and Ryan 1994), and several texts exploring the student experience of supervision (Salmon 1992; Marsh et. al 2002) there is less focus on the experience of supervisors. This workshop will explore these experiences from a variety of different angles. It will seek to explore the changing Higher Education and postgraduate environment and how this may affect individuals. It will also consider how national and institutional policies affect aspects of our work as well as the legal and ethical implications of our practice. The issues of support, training and ongoing development, and pedagogical and curriculum aspects (Johnson et.al. 2000, Styles and Radloff 2001) are of course central to supervisory activities and will be discussed. Using stimulus materials and a range of activities, participants will be expected to work in groups to explore the various aspects with brief plenary discussions throughout the session.
Keywords: Postgraduate Supervision
Ms Ruth Searle
Acting Director, Snr lecturer, Centre for Higher Education Studies School of Adult and Higher Education Faculty of Education , University of KwaZulu Natal
Prof. Sioux McKenna
Director, Centre for Higher Education Development, Durban Institute of Technology