Dealing with doctoral students: tips from the trenches

Erwee, R. and Albion, P. and van Rensburg, H. and Malan, R. (2011) Dealing with doctoral students: tips from the trenches. South African Journal of Higher Education, 25 (5). pp. 889-901. ISSN 1011-3487


To enhance research into revitalising supervisory practices, the aim of this study is to identify approaches of supervisors to mentoring and facilitating doctoral students' progress. Scenarios were created to describe typical situations that supervisors face, namely non-responsive students, dealing with students with low English language proficiency, high workloads of supervisors, managing conflicting expectations about the level of support and implementing high presence technologies. Interviews were conducted with supervisors in two faculties at an Australian university. These supervisors displayed unique insights about their underlying value systems in approaching challenging students and situations. One of the key issues is understanding the contexts of students and supervisors and determining the best way to communicate on the basis of this understanding. The study generated improved guidelines for supervisors on how to deal with doctoral students' expectations as well as how to use online learning tools more effectively to deliver services to doctoral students.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. South African Association of Research and Development in Higher Education
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2012 03:57
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2015 22:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: personal media of communication; distance doctoral students; distance education technologies; communication challenges
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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