Effective Supervision: It Takes Two to Tango

By Norhasni Zainal Abiddin.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) is one of the Research Universities (RU) in Malaysia. In gaining RU status, a university must meet the criteria of a Research University. One of the criteria is that, RU must have quantity and quality of researcher including postgraduate students. Thus, the research done by postgraduate students could be used to enhance the quality of research through developing the knowledge in the field of study. In doing a research, one student has to work with someone called supervisor. The good relationship between students and their supervisor could make their study smoothly. What are the things that they need and what they have actually received from their supervisor? Specifically, this research aims to identify the type and level of support given to postgraduate students by their supervisors. This research was done on the basis of qualitative approach which 6 postgraduate research students and 6 supervisors have been in-depth interviewed. The data have been analysed manually and there were five themes derived from the interviews which could answered the research questions. The results have been successfully explored the experiences and respondents’ perception towards effective supervisor.

Keywords: Effective, Ph.D, Practice, Postgraduate Student, Supervisor, Supervision

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.107-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 617.541KB).

Dr. Norhasni Zainal Abiddin

Lecturer, Department of Professional Development & Continuing Education , Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Norhasni is a lecturer at Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia. She teaches graduate and undergraduate programs in the field of Human Resource Development. Her primary area of expertise is Supervision, and her special interests include Mentoring, Coaching, Research Degree Education and Higher Learning Institution.


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