Investigating Research Supervision Practice

04 September 2019

Location: Curzon Building, Birmingham City University

With growing numbers of doctoral candidates, more and more academics are becoming involved in research degree supervision. Supervision is a specialist academic practice that tends to be learnt through the experience of the practice, through supervising. 

Professional practice literature acknowledges the value for practitioners inquiring into and critically reflecting on their professional practice. This is often referred to as practitioner research, and in action inquiry circles is known as first-person action research or practice-led inquiry.  Inquiry into and describing one’s practice has its challenges. How can a professional creatively interrogate their practice to generate new knowledge and theory that creates value for the inquiring practitioner and for others?

This workshop discusses the different forms that practitioner inquiry might take for research degree supervisors, and how supervisors can be supported in reflecting on and enhancing their practice through drawing on their pre-existing research skills and disciplinary knowledge. It also outlines a Community of Practice model devised at Birmingham City University to scaffold practitioner inquiries for research degree supervisors and which has accreditation through SEDA’s Professional Development Framework (SEDA PDF).

The workshop price also includes a copy of SEDA Special 43 (10 ways to Investigate Research Supervision Practice).

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