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Stories of Supervision

Faculty Education & Society, University of Sunderland, St. Peter’s Campus, St Peter’s Way, Sunderland SR60DD, UK
Educ. Sci. 2020, 10(4), 93; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci10040093
Received: 3 February 2020 / Revised: 26 March 2020 / Accepted: 27 March 2020 / Published: 31 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Post-Compulsory Education)
This article centres upon experiences of supervising practitioner-researchers engaged in the first year of a Customised Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programme of study. This pathway resides within a larger collaboration between the University of Sunderland’s Centre for Excellence in Teacher Training (SUNCETT) and the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) delivering a National Practitioner Research Programme (PRP) in England. It takes as its starting point how non-traditional research students from the further adult and vocational education (FAVE) sector experience entry into the programme and their subsequent development of scholarship and research skills as they pursue their studies at research degree level in higher education (HE). Using six guiding principles underpinning the PRP as a framework for analysis, illustrative stories of the experiences of supervisors and research students provide insights into ways in which supervision is enacted. Some key characteristics of supervision practice are described. These often bring to light differences between supervision on the Customised MPhil with that of conventional MPhil programmes. The most striking finding supports how the development of collaborative and cooperative practice helps to shift the customary dynamic of research degree study away from isolation towards a shared experience as members of an inclusive and active research community. View Full-Text
Keywords: supervision; MPhil study; higher education; further adult and vocational education; SUNCETT-ETF Practitioner Research Programme; practitioner-researchers; research students; postgraduate widening participation supervision; MPhil study; higher education; further adult and vocational education; SUNCETT-ETF Practitioner Research Programme; practitioner-researchers; research students; postgraduate widening participation
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