Cultural diversity and university policies affecting research supervision: a case study in a distance and online environment

Erwee, Ronel and Malan, Renee and van Rensburg, Henriette (2013) Cultural diversity and university policies affecting research supervision: a case study in a distance and online environment. In: Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia Distance Education Summit (ODLAA 2013): Eeducation Across Space and Time: Meeting the Diverse Needs of the Distance Learner, 4-6 Feb 2013, Sydney, Australia.

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This paper explores diversity management in university settings by focusing on key issues namely cultural awareness; agency and identity and their impact on university policies and supervisory practices. These issues are investigated against the legal and policy framework in a regional Australian university. This university is a leading provider of distance and online education. Focusing more specifically on the doctoral candidate – supervisor relationship, this paper presents examples of university policies and practices aimed at managing diversity within the supervisory relationship. The university has a significant proportion of distance or external students in its doctoral programs, especially in two faculties. Based on these practices and ideas from research in this area, recommendations for best practices for the management of cultural diversity within the supervisory relationship in the context of universities are presented.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (ODLAA) 2013
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2013 02:53
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2016 06:16
Uncontrolled Keywords: distance education; research; higher degrees; supervision; cultural awareness
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130307 Ethnic Education (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Maori and Pacific Peoples)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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