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Articulating expectations for PhD candidature upon commencement: ensuring supervisor/student ‘best fit’

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The journey towards completion of a PhD is a bumpy one for many. One of the major

    factors that influence successful and on-time thesis completion is the relationship that

    the PhD candidate has with her or his supervisor. This paper presents results from

    research undertaken using a 12-item survey to collect data from a purposive sample:

    PhD candidates and their supervisors, regarding expectations related to the programme

    of doctoral study. Results indicate that candidates and supervisors both agree that the

    relationship is a vital component of the journey, and both have equally high expectations

    that the relationship needs to be warm and supportive. The doctoral journey is a shared

    one. To make the journey as positive as possible, supervisors and candidates need to

    articulate their expectations clearly, which can be achieved via the use of a simple set

    of statements that both complete as used in this research or by dialogue. However it is

    done, it needs to occur early in the candidature so that both parties know what the other

    expects.

UOW Authors


  •   Moxham, Lorna
  •   Dwyer, Trudy (external author)
  •   Reid-Searl, Kerry (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Moxham, L., Dwyer, T. & Reid-Searl, K. (2013). Articulating expectations for PhD candidature upon commencement: ensuring supervisor/student ‘best fit’. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 35 (4), 345-354.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84881659446

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1012

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 345

End Page


  • 354

Volume


  • 35

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • The journey towards completion of a PhD is a bumpy one for many. One of the major

    factors that influence successful and on-time thesis completion is the relationship that

    the PhD candidate has with her or his supervisor. This paper presents results from

    research undertaken using a 12-item survey to collect data from a purposive sample:

    PhD candidates and their supervisors, regarding expectations related to the programme

    of doctoral study. Results indicate that candidates and supervisors both agree that the

    relationship is a vital component of the journey, and both have equally high expectations

    that the relationship needs to be warm and supportive. The doctoral journey is a shared

    one. To make the journey as positive as possible, supervisors and candidates need to

    articulate their expectations clearly, which can be achieved via the use of a simple set

    of statements that both complete as used in this research or by dialogue. However it is

    done, it needs to occur early in the candidature so that both parties know what the other

    expects.

UOW Authors


  •   Moxham, Lorna
  •   Dwyer, Trudy (external author)
  •   Reid-Searl, Kerry (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Moxham, L., Dwyer, T. & Reid-Searl, K. (2013). Articulating expectations for PhD candidature upon commencement: ensuring supervisor/student ‘best fit’. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 35 (4), 345-354.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84881659446

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/1012

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 345

End Page


  • 354

Volume


  • 35

Issue


  • 4

Place Of Publication


  • Australia