Higher degree research supervision beyond expertise: a Rancierean and Freirean perspective on HDR supervision

Hickey, Andrew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9862-6444 and Forbes, Melissa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2528-9763 (2021) Higher degree research supervision beyond expertise: a Rancierean and Freirean perspective on HDR supervision. Studies in Higher Education. ISSN 0307-5079

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This paper examines the function of ‘expertise’ in mediating the student–supervisor relationship in Higher Degree Research (HDR). Prevailing conceptualisations of expertise generally translate as disciplinary acumen and reference the supervisor’s specialist disciplinary and methodological knowledge. Beyond establishing the disciplinary ‘signatures’ of a discipline, this expertise also confers ‘symbolic capital’ within the disciplinary field. This paper asks: ‘What might it mean when supervisors lack such specific disciplinary knowledge in the supervision of HDR projects?' Drawing on theoretical foundations from Jacques Rancière and Paulo Freire, this paper considers how alternative ways of knowing and enacting scholarly inquiry might afford new terrains of practice within the HDR project, with the authors’ recent experiences in supervising beyond their respective disciplinary expertise providing an illustration of this modality of supervision. This case example demonstrates how mutuality and the enactment of a dialogic supervisory approach might widen considerations of what ‘counts’ as expertise within HDR supervision. In setting out this conceptualisation, an ethic of mutual inquiry prefaced by Rancière’s ‘two wills’ provides a means for activating a dynamic HDR candidature, the production of innovative research and the recognition of expertise beyond narrowly defined configurations of disciplinary acumen.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: 29 July 2021. Submitted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Academic Division - Academic Transformation Portfolio (14 Apr 2021 -)
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2021 00:15
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2022 04:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: higher degree research, supervision, pedagogy, Freire, Ranciere
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200204 Cultural Theory
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4702 Cultural studies > 470207 Cultural theory
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160303 Teacher and instructor development
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2021.1957812
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42928

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