Articulating and developing supervisory skills through collaborative action research

Ann Macfadyen, Christine English, Maggie Coates

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Postgraduate master’s dissertation supervision is one of the least understood aspects of academic practice. Using action research, 25 master’s supervisors aimed to develop a better understanding of the complexities and challenges involved in this role. Through focus groups, individual interviews and monthly workshops, they developed and piloted resources for new supervisors. The main complexities and challenges identified and articulated were: understanding the student, accepting the unpredictability of their progress, tailoring support, giving constructive feedback, and developing their personal understanding of supervision. Following the project, those involved reported increased awareness and confidence in their supervisory role and changes in their academic practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-336
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal for Academic Development
Issue number4
Early online date18 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


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