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Towards “operating within” the field: doctoral students’ views of supervisors’ discipline expertise


Gube, JCC and Getenet, ST and Satariyan, A and Muhammad, Y, Towards 'operating within' the field: doctoral students' views of supervisors' discipline expertise, International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 12 pp. 1-16. ISSN 1556-8881 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Aim/Purpose: This paper considers the role of supervisors’ discipline expertise in doctoral learning from a student perspective.

Background: Doctoral students need to develop expertise in a particular field of study. In this context, developing expertise requires doctoral students to master disciplinary knowledge, conventions and scholarship under the guidance of supervisors.

Methodology: The study draws on a mixed-method approach, using an online survey and semi-structured interviews conducted with doctoral students.

Contribution: The paper brings to the fore the role of supervisors’ discipline expertise on doctoral students’ research progress.

Findings: The survey data suggest that doctoral students nominate their supervisors on the basis of their discipline expertise. They also view supervisors’ expertise as key to the development of ‘insider’ knowledge of their doctoral research.

Recommendations for Practitioners: Supervisors play a pivotal role in helping doctoral students overcome intellectual barriers by imparting their discipline knowledge as well as balancing satisfactory doctoral completion rate and high quality student experience.

Impact on Society: Doctoral supervision equips doctoral students with the right arsenal to be able to competently operate within their field and prepares them for their future research or professional career that demands a high level of discipline expertise.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:discipline expertise, research expertise, doctoral students, PhD students, supervisors, doctoral learning support, student-supervisor fit
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Gube, JCC (Mr Jan Gube)
UTAS Author:Getenet, ST (Mr Seyum Getenet)
UTAS Author:Satariyan, A (Mr Adnan Satariyan)
UTAS Author:Muhammad, Y (Mr Yaar Muhammad)
ID Code:113955
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-01-30
Last Modified:2018-05-31
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