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A marriage of convenience? A qualitative study of colleague supervision of master's level dissertations

Kirton, Jennifer and Straker, Katherine and Brown, Jeremy and Jack, Barbara and Jinks, Annette (2011) A marriage of convenience? A qualitative study of colleague supervision of master's level dissertations. Nurse education today, 31 (8). 861-865.. ISSN 02606917

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Abstract

The focus of this study is colleague supervision of Master's level dissertations. A qualitative study was undertaken and in-depth interviews with research supervisors (n=7) and students (n=7) who had experienced colleague supervision of masters' level dissertations in the previous four years were undertaken. Independent ‘outsider’ researchers were deployed to undertake the interviews. A thematic content analysis approach was utilised and an analogy of a ‘Marriage of Convenience’ was used to describe the various dimensions and significant chronological events of the student/supervisor relationship. Four data themes were identified and included: ‘Match making and betrothal’, ‘Soul mates or not’, ‘Married life’ and ‘Giving birth’. The study's findings give rise to a number of recommendations that will be of interest to all healthcare educators who are involved in supervision of colleagues' academic research activities.

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