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

Kirton, Jennifer, Straker, K, Brown, J, Jack, B and Jinks, A (2011) A marriage of convenience? A qualitative study of colleague supervision of master's level dissertations. Nurse Education Today, 31 (8). pp. 861-865. ISSN 0260-6917 DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2010.12.025

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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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2011 14:31
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/2446

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