Category Archives: masterclass

Working with your supervisor: follow-up 4

Your question about the likelihood of getting a supervisor who is an expert in the precise area of the student’s research area piqued my interest. (Forgive my informal tone as I’m on a long-distance bus armed only with an iPad-mini … Continue reading

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Working with your supervisor: follow-up 3

Your state that a concern you have is that your future supervisor may not be culturally aware of the Chinese situation well enough to advise you. I have entertained similar thoughts, but mainly in reference to the required reading resources … Continue reading

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Working with your supervisor: follow-up 2

Thanks for sharing the Byron (Byron, n.d.) slides on creativity. The SCAMPER framework (Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to other uses, Eliminate and Reverse) contains many useful questions that allow for a developmental approach to a situation. Perhaps Byron’s framework … Continue reading

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Working with your supervisor: follow-up 1

Thanks for introducing me to Styles and Radloff’s (2001) synergistic thesis of supervisor-student relations. Their work fits within the tradition of reflection and mirrors much of the literature into reflexive practices in adult learning. At the core of Styles and … Continue reading

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Working with your thesis supervisor

The UofLiverpool online EdD programme makes serious attempts to cover both the intellectual development requirements of students and deal with their practical needs. These so-called ‘masterclasses’ often try to encompass both aspects simultaneously. This is done by selecting a topic … Continue reading

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Critical reflection follow-up post 7

Thanks for your informed and insightful development of identity through the lens of Bakhtin. And adding Lacan’s distinction was an inspired! When you wonder about “what if any difference there is between being reflective and self-aware”, I feel that you … Continue reading

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Critical reflection follow-up post 6

I believe that you are right: the focus should be on the ‘critical’, not the reflective. But do we need to have a weekly learning log, a reflective essay every module and a masterclass dedicated to reflective thinking? When I … Continue reading

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Critical reflection follow-up post 5

Thanks for your discussion on student feedback questionnaires. I found that a very thought-provoking piece. Your useful summary of the issues in student feedback questionnaires (SFQ) neatly ties an important thread into this discussion. Brookfield noted that “there is no … Continue reading

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Critical reflection follow-up post 4

Let me frame this matter more concretely. The literature on quality assurance in HE describe a number of areas that are amenable to quality assessment for the purposes of quality assurance and accountability. Ellis (1993) lists 20 areas in his … Continue reading

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Critical reflection follow-up post 3

Internalising Inadequacy Thanks for sharing your experience of feeling like an imposter. From your description, I can see clearly why you feel so. Your situation opens up many avenues for critical reflection, not least one that investigates the meaning of … Continue reading

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