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Title: Postgraduate supervision in a South African transforming academic environment : a reflexivity approach
Authors: Okeke-Uzodike, Obianuju Ebele
Keywords: 13 Education;Education
Issue Date: 16-Dec-2021
Publisher: Australian Institutes for Educational Research
Source: Okeke-Uzodike, O.E. 2021. Postgraduate supervision in a South African transforming academic environment: a reflexivity approach. Issues in Educational Research. 31(4): 1175-1194 (20).
Journal: Issues in Educational Research; Vol. 31, Issue 4 
The pace of global transformation places a great emphasis on the need for development,
with higher education identified as a key agent in the development of a knowledge
economy. Higher education systems have been challenged with providing the necessary
skilled person-power to complement the changing labour market. Postgraduate
supervision is a vital tool in building institutional research capacities, reputation, financial
support and developing skill amongst peers, and between supervisors and candidates.
Thus, the effectiveness and efficiency of postgraduate supervision processes determine
to a large extent the quality of output and the extent of skills transfer. This article is
based on a training course focusing on strengthening postgraduate supervision, attended
by the researcher. The primary objective of this article is to examine the concept of
postgraduate supervision within a transforming academic environment. Specifically, the
article examined how aspects of the supervision process enhance skills development and
knowledge transfer. Data for the study were collected through a personal narrative
inquiry approach and thematically analysed, with meaning construed alongside related
literature. The findings show that postgraduate supervision is characterised by various
factors which determine the degree of skills transfer and development. The study
provides insights into aspects of supervision that if not well managed, may compromise
the objective of skill development. It contributes to the on-going discourse in
supervision pedagogy and recommends careful consideration of the dynamic changes
that may impact the level of educational transformation and skills development in the
knowledge economy
ISSN: 0313-7155
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