Modern Day Challenges in Academia
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Modern Day Challenges in Academia

Time for a Change

Edited by Marilena Antoniadou and Mark Crowder

Examining the modern day challenges faced by academics throughout their working lives, this timely book investigates the ways in which academic careers are changing, the reasons for these changes and their potential future impacts. Contributors with insider experience of both traditional research focussed universities and newer institutions with an emphasis on teaching, utilise theoretical and empirical methods to provide international perspectives on the key issues confronting modern day academics.
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Chapter 10: Providing research supervision: a personal polemic

Jim Stewart


Based on experience as an academic providing research supervision for over 30 years, this chapter analyses what the author considers to be significant changes in that aspect of academic work. The chapter examines the experiences of research supervision in the past, compares those to the present and uses the comparison to speculate on future changes. As part of the examination, various contexts of supervision as well as principles of good practice are suggested. In addition, the chapter argues that the changing nature of higher education institutions from places that once valued academic freedom into risk averse and managerialist organisations, has been and will continue to be the greatest influence on how research supervision is provided to students.

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