Giving feedback on doctoral writing: A guide for supervisors and advisors
About the project
There are many reasons, both fiscal and ethical, why good doctoral writing support is desirable.
Institutions who are currently funded only on degree completion apply pressure to supervisors and students for timely completion.
Supervisory guide books mainly deal with process and relationship management without much attention on how to handle the doctoral student’s writing (e.g., Walker & Thomson, 2010; Wisker, 2012).
Few tertiary institutions in New Zealand provide academic development for supervisors on how to give feedback on doctoral writing.
However, although, as institutions try to save money, there is a global tendency to reduce generic student support, nonetheless most universities do have student learning advisors who work directly with doctoral students themselves.
Supervisors should also encourage their students to take up other support opportunities.
As well as what might be offered by learning advisors in their institutions, there are useful guides for doctoral students on writing a thesis (for example, Cryer, 2005; Dunleavy, 2003;
Evans & Denholm, 2007; Phillips & Pugh, 2015; White, 2011; Wisker, 2008). A few focus on the writing process itself (Aitchison & Guerin, 2014; Aitchison & Paré, 2012; Murray, 2011), with one devoted to thesis structure (Carter, Kelly & Brailsford, 2012).
Such texts are helpful, but our data suggests that only a small percentage of doctoral students avail themselves of them.
The intention of this report is provide a sound research-based kaupapa (foundation) for supervisory practice in New Zealand.
- Research Report Supporting doctoral writing: He ara tika mā ngā kaiārahi Susan Carter & Deborah Laurs, with Lisa Chant, Rawinia Higgins, Jen Martin, Teresia Teaiwa and ’Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki October 2016
- A Guide for Supervisors Supporting doctoral writing: He ara tika mā ngā kaiārahi Susan Carter & Deborah Laurs, with Lisa Chant, Rawinia Higgins, Jen Martin, Teresia Teaiwa and ’Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki October 2016
- Doctoral Writing Guidelines Poster - A3 PDF download
- Doctoral Writing Guidelines Poster - A4 PDF download
- Susan Carter
- Deborah Laurs
- Lisa Chant
- Rawinia Higgins
- Jen Martin,
- Teresia Teaiwa
- ’Ema Wolfgramm-Foliaki
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