Vol 44 No 2 (2014)
Articles

The quest for effective interdisciplinary graduate supervision: A critical narrative analysis

Kathryn M Hibbert
Western University, London CANADA
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Lorelei Lingard
Western University, London, Canada
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Meredith Vanstone
McMaster University
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Elizabeth Anne Kinsella
Western University
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Pam McKenzie
Western University
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Timothy D. Wilson
Western University
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Allan Pitman
Western University
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Published August 31, 2014

Abstract

Interdisciplinarity is a pervasive trend in 21st-century knowledge building and innovation. It is predicated on the recognition that creative solutions to the world’s increasingly complex problems require the intersection of diverse expertise. Little scholarly attention has been directed towards how the new interdisciplinary (ID) model is influencing the processes and outcomes of graduate research training. In a qualitative study informed by critical narrative analysis and conducted at one institution, we investigate the epistemological, structural, and relational factors that shape ID doctoral research supervision, explore how differing knowledge cultures and values are negotiated in supervisory practices, and consider how established structures and discourses influence the processes and outcomes of these supervisory relationships.

 

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