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‘I won’t be squeezed into someone else’s frame’: stories of supervisor selection

Harrison, Liz; McKenna, Sioux; Searle, Ruth

Abstract:

Using a collection of stories from a group of women who belong to a PhD support group, this article tracks the issue of choosing a supervisor. These women are all academics and therefore had some claim to an “insider” status but as novice researchers they were also “outsiders”. Their discussions around how and why they chose their supervisors highlight issues often underplayed or ignored in textbooks on postgraduate supervision. In particular, this article examines issues of knowledge, embodied subjectivity and power by following three questions that arise from the data: whose knowing is important; who should I be, and whose PhD is it?

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Document Title: ‘I won’t be squeezed into someone else’s frame’: stories of supervisor selection
Journal: Acta Academica
Issue: Supplementum 1
No. of Pages: 176-200


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Students
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Doctoral Degrees, Postgraduate Research, Postgraduate Students, Women in Research, Women in Higher Education, Supervision


Rights:Acta Academica
Date Added:08 March 2011


Harrison, Liz; McKenna, Sioux; Searle, Ruth (2010). ‘I won’t be squeezed into someone else’s frame’: stories of supervisor selection