Mostly metaphors: theorizing from a practice of supervision

Mercer, G., and Bartlett, A. (2001) Mostly metaphors: theorizing from a practice of supervision. In: Barlett, A., and Mercer, G., (eds.) Postgraduate Research Supervision - Transforming (R)Elations. Peter Lang Publishing, New York, USA, pp. 55-69.

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[Extract] Not much has changed since Bob Connell, over a decade ago, identified postgraduate supervision as one of the "most genuinely complex'' and "least discussed" aspects of academic teaching (38). &lecturers in literature, a number of factors have prompted our desire to discuss our postgraduate supervising practices, including some very unsatisfactory and some highly rewarding supervisions. Probably most significantly, the relationship we constructed for ourselves as supervisor and student during Alison's candidature was formative in establishing for both of us that such relations can be highly pleasurable as well as productive. This collaborative project which you are now reading attests to the intellectual and social friendship established during that period that continues to be productive in professional and personal ways. As Alison was Gina's first supervision, there was a naive expectation that other future supervisions for both of us would probably follow along similar lines; it came as something of a surprise when this was not the case. Alison Lee and Bill Green's special edition of Australian Universities Review on the topic of postgraduate pedagogies was a timely publication for us, providing food for thought and some useful tools for analysis. In their contribution, Lee and Green emphasize the vital relevance of "the lived, experiential relations of postgraduate research and training ... in the larger project of understanding and theorizing postgraduate pedagogy'' (Lee and Green, 44). So, packing our books, bathing suits, and food along with our diverse experiences and reading, we arranged a week in the rainforest to reflect on the ways in which our supervisory relation might be represented.

Item ID: 14330
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-8204-4998-2
Keywords: postgraduate research supervision; tertiary education
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2017 04:42
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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