The challenges of supervision in a doctorate in practice-based research in music: Perceptions of students and supervisors

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Title The challenges of supervision in a doctorate in practice-based research in music: Perceptions of students and supervisors
Author Harrison, Scott David; Emmerson, Stephen Bryan
Journal Name TEXT
Editor Donna Lee Brien and Rosemary Williamson
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Association of Writing Programs
Abstract This paper interrogates the process of supervising a practice-based doctoral program in music. Through the eyes of a students and supervisors, the nature of supervision in relation to practice-based research in music is investigated. The paper begins by contextualising the nature of the site in question. Issues discussed in this introductory section include the encouragement of innovative research methods and forms of presentation along with the challenges of supervising cross-disciplinary work.Drawing on data from students at the site, the relationship between coursework, artistic practice and more “traditional” modes of supervision is examined. Students also reflect on supervisors' involvement in scoping the study, maintaining work/life balance and managing this type of study from a distance. Other themes emerging from the students include shaping the end-product of practice-based research and supervisor advice concerning the examination process.Similarly, academics' perspectives of the supervisory process are presented. These include balancing the needs of students who have considerable practical experience in their field with the necessary understanding of the institutional imperatives. Locating suitable exemplars, supervisor wellbeing and the supervision of colleagues in innovative programs are also discussed. Other issues to be explored include assisting students in managing the study/work/life balance and academic isolation.The paper highlights the significant challenges of supervising the practice-based degree but also reveals many positive outcomes for both students and supervisors working in this field.
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Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2009. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. It is posted here with permission of the copyright owner[s] for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this journal please refer to the journal's website or contact the authors.
Volume SI 6
Page from 1
Page to 18
ISSN 1327-9556
Date Accessioned 2009-11-24
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research; Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre
Faculty Queensland Conservatorium
Subject PRE2009-Music
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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