Challenges in Cross-Cultural PhD Supervision: Mapping to Facilitate Dialogue

Kandiko, Camille B. and Kinchin, Ian M. (2012) Challenges in Cross-Cultural PhD Supervision: Mapping to Facilitate Dialogue. In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the Fifth Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. University of Malta, Valetta, Malta, pp. 57-64. ISBN 978-99957-0-308-0

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This research used concept mapping and interview techniques to track changes in knowledge and understanding amongst students and their supervisors in the course of full-time research towards a PhD. The work measures both cognitive change in the specific subjects that are the topic for research and in the understanding of the process of PhD level research and supervision. The data shows the challenges for students and supervisors from different ethnic, cultural and academic backgrounds and traditions with a focus on how this impacts the PhD research process and development. Working cross- culturally, and often in a setting different from either the student or the supervisor’s background and training, can lead to a lack of common language and understanding for the development of a pedagogically-oriented supervisory relationship. Documenting change in knowledge and understanding among PhD students and their supervisors is key to understanding what the joint processes of research and of supervision entail (Brew, 2003), and here we focus on the challenges of working across cultural, ethnic and diverse academic backgrounds, for both supervisors and students. The approach comprises detailed longitudinal case study analysis rather than any broad inferential comparison.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2012
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2012 22:01
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2012 11:35

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