'Walking our talk': exploring supervision of postgraduate self-study research through metaphor drawing

SOURCE: South African Journal of Higher Education
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2014
TITLE AUTHOR(S): L.Van Laren, K.Pithouse-Morgan, T.Chisanga, L.Harrison, T.Meyiwa, N.Muthukrishna, I.Naicker, L.Singh
KEYWORDS: POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS, RESEARCH, SELF-STUDY, SUPERVISION
DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 8200

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Abstract

The authors of this article portray their learning as a group of eight academics who met to examine the roles and relationships of supervisors of postgraduate self-study research. In the article, they represent how through a metaphor-drawing activity they were able collectively to rethink their experiences and understandings of becoming and being supervisors of postgraduate self-study students. They used a metaphor-drawing activity to gain further understanding of self-study supervision, while also learning more about how visual methods can assist in self-study research. Significantly, in their drawings the supervisor was portrayed as a partner working with the student during the supervision process, rather than as a provider of expert knowledge. Through collaborative interactions and sharing of their personal images of supervision of postgraduate self-study research with critical friends, they were able to reconsider their practices in a reflexive manner that provided insight into possibilities for enhancing their supervisory roles and relationships.