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Supervisor-Supervisee relationship: a rose without thorns?

Nakabugo, Mary Goretti; Ssebunga Masembe, Connie

In this article the authors highlight the challenges of graduate supervision from both the supervisor and supervisee perspective. They illustrate some of the complexities involved in the supervision process, and assert that the nature of relationship existing between the student (the supervisee) and the supervisor is a major factor in the successful completion of graduate research projects. It is so important, that disruptions to that relationship are very damaging to the progress, and the quality of the thesis. Notwithstanding the fact that the stand-alone style of supervision has stood the test of time, the authors argue for an institutional model. A process that doesn’t only involve the supervisor and the supervisee, but one in which the student’s successful completion is seen as an institutional obligation, they contend, is likely to loosen the tension that usually exists between supervisors and their students. In a situation where an institution might choose to stick to the stand-alone model, then the roles/responsibilities and expectations of each of the parties (supervisor and supervisee) should be clearly spelt out and comprehended by both.

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Chapter Title: Supervisor-Supervisee relationship: a rose without thorns?
Book Title: Graduate studies at Makerere University: a book of readings.
Edited by: A. Maicibi and Y. Kaahwa
City: Kampala
Publisher: Monitor Publications

Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Keywords:Research, Researchers, Research Universities, Supervision, Student Support services, Makerere University, Uganda

File Size:57 KB
Rights:Self archived
Date Added:13 February 2009

Nakabugo, Mary Goretti; Ssebunga Masembe, Connie (2004). Supervisor-Supervisee relationship: a rose without thorns? Maicibi, A. and Kahwa, Y (Eds) Graduate studies at Makerere University : a book of readings.