12 principles for the effective supervision of creative practice higher research degrees, dispatches from the field

Hamilton, Jillian G., Carson, Susan J., & Ellison, Elizabeth Rae (2013) 12 principles for the effective supervision of creative practice higher research degrees, dispatches from the field. Australian Government, Office of Learning and Teaching, Sydney, Australia.

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In late 2012 and early 2013 we interviewed 25 experienced and early career supervisors of creative practice higher research degrees. This journey spanned five universities and a broad range of disciplines including visual art, music, performing art, new media, creative writing, fashion, graphic design, interaction design and interior design. Some of the supervisors we interviewed were amongst the first to complete and supervise practice-led and practice-based PhDs; some have advocated for and defined this emergent field; and some belong to the next generation of supervisors who have confidently embarked on this exciting and challenging path. Their reflections have brought to light many insights gained over the past decade. Here we have drawn together common themes into a collection of principles and best practice examples. We present them as advice rather than rules, as one thing that the supervisors were unanimous about is the need to avoid proscriptive models and frameworks, and to foster creativity and innovation in what is still an emergent field of postgraduate supervision. It is with thanks to all of the supervisors who contributed to these conversations, and their generosity in sharing their practices, that we present their advice, exemplars and case studies.

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ID Code: 66223
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Support for the production of this publication has been provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. The views expressed in this report/publication/activity do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.
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Keywords: Postgraduate supervision, Creative arts research, Practice-led research, HDRs, Design practice research, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Innovation (120302)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > OTHER STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190999) > Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified (199999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Research Centres > Higher Education Research Network
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author(s)
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Deposited On: 15 Jan 2014 21:51
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