A marriage of convenience? A qualitative study of colleague supervision of master's level dissertations

Jennifer Kirton, K Straker, J Brown, B Jack, A Jinks

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Abstract

The focus of this study is colleague supervision of Master's level dissertations. A qualitative study was undertaken and in-depth interviews with research supervisors (n = 7) and students (n = 7) who had experienced colleague supervision of masters' level dissertations in the previous four years were undertaken. Independent ‘outsider’ researchers were deployed to undertake the interviews. A thematic content analysis approach was utilised and an analogy of a ‘Marriage of Convenience’ was used to describe the various dimensions and significant chronological events of the student/supervisor relationship. Four data themes were identified and included: ‘Match making and betrothal’, ‘Soul mates or not’, ‘Married life’ and ‘Giving birth’. The study's findings give rise to a number of recommendations that will be of interest to all healthcare educators who are involved in supervision of colleagues' academic research activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861-865
JournalNurse Education Today
Volume31
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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