On being accountable: Risk-consciousness and the doctoral supervisor

McWilliam, Erica L. (2004) On being accountable: Risk-consciousness and the doctoral supervisor. In AARE Annual Conference, 28th November - 2nd December, Melbourne, Australia.


This paper analyses the imperative to greater accountability for doctoral supervisors as the effect of a regime of truth (Foucault, 1980) that we call risk management. It draws on new sociological theorising of risk to argue that risk management works as a moral climate that offers academics new ways of being properly professional by being more risk-conscious. Risk-conscious academics are increasingly on guard against student failure, declining standards and waste of resources. Thus they come to regulate themselves and their students in ways that are closely aligned to the ethos of the post-millennial university as a risk-conscious organisation. The paper considers the implications of this greater accountability for doctoral supervisors.

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ID Code: 981
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: HERN
ISSN: 1324-9339
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 07 Apr 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:55

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