Speaking of supervision: A dialogic approach to building higher degree research supervision capacity in the creative arts

Hamilton, Jillian & Carson, Susan J. (2015) Speaking of supervision: A dialogic approach to building higher degree research supervision capacity in the creative arts. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 47(12), pp. 1348-1366.

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In the emergent field of creative practice higher degrees by research, first generation supervisors have developed new models of supervision for an unprecedented form of research that combines creative practice and written thesis. In a national research project, entitled 'Effective supervision of creative practice higher research degrees', we set out to capture and share early supervisors' insights, strategies and approaches to supporting their creative practice PhD students. From the insights we gained during the early interview process, we expanded our research methods in line with a distributed leadership model and developed a dialogic framework. This led us to unanticipated conclusions and unexpected recommendations. In this study, we primarily draw on philosopher and literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin's dialogics to explain how giving precedence to the voices of supervisors not only facilitated the articulation of dispersed tacit knowledge, but also led to other 20 discoveries. These include the nature of supervisors' resistance to prescribed models, policies and central academic development programmes; the importance of polyvocality and responsive dialogue in enabling continued innovation in the field; the benefits to supervisors of reflecting, discussing and sharing practices with colleagues; and the value of distributed leadership and dialogue to academic development and supervision capacity building in research education.

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ID Code: 88903
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Special Issue: ACCESS: Supervising practice: perspectives on the supervision of creative practice higher degrees by research
Keywords: postgraduate supervision, HDR, creative arts, creative practice, practice-led research, supervisors, learning and taeching, dialogic, dsitributed leadership, academic development, supervisor training, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2015.1035628
ISSN: 0013-1857
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
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)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Research Centres > Higher Education Research Network
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia
Deposited On: 08 Oct 2015 23:15
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2016 05:57

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