Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/59509
Type: Conference paper
Title: Reshaping HDR supervisor writing advice through unpacking Discourses
Author: Velautham, L.
Picard, M.
Citation: Proceedings of the 33rd HERDSA Annual International Conference, 6–9 July 2010. 13 p.
Publisher: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
Publisher Place: Australia
Issue Date: 2010
Series/Report no.: Research and Development in Higher Education: Reshaping Higher Education; 33
ISBN: 0908557809
Conference Name: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Conference (33rd : 2010 : Melbourne, Australia)
Department: Adelaide Graduate Centre
Statement of
Responsibility: 
Lalitha Velautham and Michelle Picard
Abstract: This paper aims to enhance supervisor writing advice and its uptake by research candidates through unpacking supervisors’ written comments and candidates’ perceptions of these comments. Effective commentary on research writing requires that supervisors and candidates have a mutual understanding of tasks, their responsibilities, standards and initiatives (Cargill & Cadman, 2005) and that the research candidates are able to “feedforward” this understanding into future tasks as part of a self-management strategy (Rae & Cochrane, 2008). In this paper, we contend that a Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) unpacking of supervisor comments can benefit all parties in the supervision relationship, particularly in the case of English as an Additional Language (EAL) candidates. Supervisors’ awareness of their implicit pedagogies and their role in the supervisory relationship can transform praxis (Janks, 2005). Additionally, candidate understanding of what supervisors mean by ‘good writing’ and the categories by which they judge ‘good writing’, along with the institutional, disciplinary and individual relations that underlie these categories, can empower them as research writers and as participants in the supervisory relationship (Cadman & Cargill, 2007). This research involves an analysis of supervisor comments on eleven research proposals according to Fairclough’s (2003) steps of CDA. The supervisor comments are categorised according to the types of feedback (discourse) they contain as well as the social and ideological relationships (Discourse) they reveal. Then the research candidates’ experience of the comments are analysed. Finally, pedagogical implications aimed at enhancing the supervisory relationship are discussed.
Keywords: Researcher education; writing advice; supervision pedagogy
Rights: © 2010 HERDSA and the authors
RMID: 0020100838
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