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Managing and mediating the research element on Masters' courses: The roles of course leaders and supervisors

Paran, A; Hyland, F; Bentall, C; (2015) Managing and mediating the research element on Masters' courses: The roles of course leaders and supervisors. In: Breeze, R and Sancho Guinda, C, (eds.) Essential Competencies for English-medium University Teaching. (pp. 267-280). Springer US: New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper reports on a mapping study of dissertation supervision across distance Master’s Courses in the University of London. The study suggests that there is a wide diversity of ways of handling Master’s students at a distance due to the multiplicity of factors that impinge on distance supervision, and a range of requirements in terms of the dissertation outcomes or products. The findings also suggest that in terms of the dissertation process, the course or programme leader plays a key role in dissertation supervision at a distance. The distance element means that course leaders take a more highly structured and hands-on approach to provide support for students embarking on the dissertation. The paper suggests that rather than conceptualising the supervisory process on one axis (supervisor-supervisee), we need to understand it as a complex relationship involving multiple actors.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Managing and mediating the research element on Masters' courses: The roles of course leaders and supervisors
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-40956-6_18
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40956-6_18
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: dissertation, distance education, Master’s, research education, supervision, course leadership
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475581
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