Nr. 38/2015 Learning dynamics in doctoral supervision – Københavns Universitet

15. juli 2015

Nr. 38/2015 Learning dynamics in doctoral supervision

This doctoral research explores doctoral supervision within life
science research in a Danish university. From one angle it
investigates doctoral students’ experiences with strengthening the
relationship with their supervisors through a structured meeting
with the supervisor, prepared as part of an introduction course
for new doctoral students. This study showed how the course
provides an effective way to build supervisee agency and
strengthening supervisory relationships through clarification and
alignment of expectations and sharing goals about doctoral
studies. From the other angle the research investigates learning
opportunities in supervision with multiple supervisors. This was
investigated through observations and recording of supervision,
and subsequent analysis of transcripts. The analyses used
different perspectives on learning; learning as participation,
positioning theory and variation theory. The research illuminates
how learning opportunities are created in the interaction through
the scientific discussions. It also shows how multiple supervisors
can contribute to supervision by providing new perspectives and
opinions that have a potential for creating new understandings.
The combination of different theoretical frameworks from the
perspectives of learning as individual acquisition and a
sociocultural perspective on learning contributed to a nuanced
illustration of the otherwise implicit practices of supervision.

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