Debating thesis supervision: Perspectives from a university education department

Fataar, Aslam (2012)

CITATION: Fataar, A. (ED.). 2012. Debating thesis supervision: Perspectives from a University Education Department. Stellenbosch: AFRICAN SUN MeDIA. DIO:10.18820/9781920338824.

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INTRODUCTION: The Department of Education Policy Studies decided to produce this occasional publication on the topic of thesis supervision as a way of bringing our academic labour in this hitherto ‘invisible’ area into academic view. This is in contrast to the plethora of awareness, debate and published work on the quality of teaching and learning and research production. Thesis supervision commonly takes place in one-on-one consultation arrangements between academics as supervisors and postgraduate students behind the proverbial closed door. Its pedagogical and intellectual entailments remain largely invisible and conceptually under-explored. There is very little systematic scholarly focus or conceptual consideration of this important dimension of academic work, and departments do not seem to engage in conversation and systematic approaches that address their productivity in this area.

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