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Structural dimensions of doctoral supervision in regional universities: the case of the University of the South Pacific

Weber, Eberhard and Kopf, Andreas (2020) Structural dimensions of doctoral supervision in regional universities: the case of the University of the South Pacific. In: Graduate Research Supervision in the Developing World: Policies, Pedagogies, and Practices. Routledge Research in Higher Education . Routledge, New York and London, pp. 169-180. ISBN 9780367243968 (print) 9780429282232 (electronic)

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Abstract

Promotion of doctoral research students is an important strategic task. Good supervising practices are, however, based on structural preconditions. A sufficient number of doctoral scholars at a particular time, who have time, commitment and energy for their challenging task, become an area of focus for universities. Such a ‘critical mass’ provides the background before which innovative supervisory practices can be introduced in order to help doctoral students navigate through unclear waters; accept intellectual challenges, and eventually complete their research theses successfully and in a timely manner. In this chapter, we will reflect on the structural dimensions of doctoral studies in order to show that they are far more important than often admitted.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
Depositing User: Eberhard Weber
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2020 12:23
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2020 12:23
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/12011
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