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Negotiating a 'scary gap': Doctoral candidates, 'writing up' qualitative data and the contemporary supervisory relationship

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Robin Humphrey



The complex task of ‘writing up’ qualitative data provides difficulties and challenges for both doctoral candidates and their supervisors, which can often result in detrimental effects on the supervisory relationship. These effects can be heightened by the pressures currently felt by supervisors, and not least to ensure their supervisees submit in a timely fashion. We argue here that these pressures are in part responsible for a shift in supervisory pedagogy from a relational to a processual grounding. This article addresses some of the consequences of these effects via analysis of interviews with doctoral candidates and their supervisors from a series of interdisciplinary research training workshops in the UK designed to provide help for doctoral candidates engaged with writing up qualitative data. In these workshops doctoral candidates came together briefly for a residential workshop along with peers at the same stage of the doctoral cycle and away from their institutional homes. We discuss the relationship between process and relationality and how a workshop of this kind might impact on writing and help with timely submission.

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Author(s): Humphrey R, Simpson B

Publication type: Article

Journal: Journal of Education and Training Studies

Year: 2013

Volume: 1

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-10

Print publication date: 01/04/2013

ISSN (print): 2324-805X

ISSN (electronic): 2324-8068

Publisher: Redfame Publishing Inc.


DOI: 10.11114/jets.v1i1.10


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