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GUIDE FOR NEW SUPERVISORS

The Guide for New Supervisors provides information for new supervisors of Undergraduate, Honours and Masters by coursework students.

If you are a dissertation coordinator, information on how to customise this guide for supervisors in your progam is available.

Summary of recommendations (single page or with explanatory information)

INFORMATION AND TOOLS FOR DEALING WITH SUPERVISORY ISSUES

A range of common issues emerged from interviews with students, new supervisors and dissertation coordinators. For each of the following issues a range of materials is available. This may include:

  • Vignettes prepared from student, supervisor and/or dissertation coordinator perspectives, reflecting the views presented during interviews.
  • A brief review of literature on the issue
  • Best practice suggestions
  • Tools or resources for use by supervisors/students

These materials can be used by individual supervisors or for training purposes.

Conflicting Advice

Co-supervision

Cross-cultural Issues

 Differing Expectations

 Feedback

 Inequities

Interpersonal Issues

Managing Group Projects

 Motivating students

 ‘Needy’ students

 New Supervisors Struggling

 Perceived Supervisor Disinterest

Power Imbalance

Project Issues

 Supervisor Non-availability

Supervisor workloads

 

OTHER TASK-SPECIFIC TOOLS AND RESOURCES FOR USE BY SUPERVISORS AND STUDENTS

 

SUMMARY OF INTERVIEW FINDINGS

Summary of findings from interviews with new supervisors, students and dissertation coordinators

 SELECTED POSTERS AND PRESENTATIONS

Poster presented at Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows (ALTF) Open Forum: Professionalizing the Academic Workforce. Brisbane, December 5th 2013. 

Presentation at Teaching and Learning Forum, Perth January 14th 2014:What Constitutes ‘Good’ Supervision for Course Work Dissertations? Student and Supervisor Perspectives.

Presentation at InSPiRE (Inter-uni Summer-school Postgraduate Research Excellence), Fremantle February 14th 2014: Getting the Most from Supervision.

Presentation at Quality in Postgraduate Research Conference, Adelaide April 11th 2014: The Importance of Honours Supervision in Supporting Students Transitioning from Undergraduate Coursework Degrees to Postgraduate Research Degrees.

Poster at Higher Education Learning and Teaching Conference, Sydney June 20th 2014: Issues facing new supervisors

Presentation at HERDSA Rekindled, Perth October 1st 2014: How Can ‘Global’ Supervisors Effectively Support Honours and Coursework Dissertation Students?

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