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Title: Research supervision: An 'agreed' view of metaphors and soft systems perspectives
Authors: Grant, K
Hackney, RA
Edgar, D
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: InSITE Multi-Conferences, Wollongong, Australia, 30 Jun-04 July, 2014
Abstract: The motivation and objectives of this paper is to consider critical issues in relation to professional research supervision. We initially undertake a literature review, derived through historical research, of debates followed by a thoughtful policy document analysis of ‘guidelines’ from both UK and Australian universities. This is supplemented through primary data collection of supervisor perceptions of their role and opportunities for more valid and effective approaches to supervision. We identify three metaphors for research supervision perspectives relating to a ‘machine’, ‘coach’ and ‘journey’. Further, an original conceptual model for research supervision is proposed derived through a Soft Systems Methodology approach. It is believed that the research provides an ‘agreed’ view of aspects on quality supervision which would benefit, although currently generic, IS faculty and students.
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