Training Syllabus for Master Trainers

Doctoral Research Supervision

HEC Training Syllabus

For Master Trainers

 

This syllabus comprises five modules, as follows:

  1. The Purposes and Expectations of Research Supervision at Doctoral Level
  • Generally
  • Specifically (i.e.  with reference to specific disciplines)
  • The contemporary context of doctoral education from global, national and institutional perspectives
  • Relationship building

2. Procedures and Protocols of the Admission and Approval of PhD Degrees

  • Institutional Regulations
  • PhD Process

3.  Supervision Guidelines

(a)   Role of Supervisor

  • Quality assurer
  • Supportive guide
  • Research trainer
  • Mentor
  • Knowledge enthusiast

(b)  Types of Supervision

  • The Delegator
  • The Friend
  • The Expert Guide
  • The Coach
  • The Quality Controller
  • The Editor

 (c)  Models / Styles of Supervision

  • Pastoral (low structure, high support)
  • Directional (high structure, low support)
  • Laissez-faire (low structure, low support)
  • Contractual (high structure, high support) (Garfield, 2005)
  • Functional
  • Enculturation
  • Emancipation
  • Critical thinking
  • Relationship building (Lee, 2008)

 4.    Supervisory Challenges

        Research Integrity Issues:

  • Ethics
  • Data management
  • Authorship
  • Standards
  • Relationships
  • Good leadership

5          Effective Supervision

  • Provision of appropriate support at various stages of research
  • Provision of feedback
  • Monitoring progress
  • Writing up / presentation / publications etc
  • Moving forward  -  next steps