Reshaping Doctoral Education

As McWilliam states at the outset, Reshaping Doctoral Education provides a trustworthy platform from which to launch into the pedagogies of doctoral supervision. Based on deep expertise in this domain, Lee and Danby are well placed to propose innovative possibilities for postgraduate supervision. Connell has highlighted the complex human processes and the centrality of relationships that shape quality supervision – the core message in this collection. In the book, Manathunga’s review of the history of doctoral supervision provides a sound rationale for this shift in supervisory practices. The internationalisation of doctoral supervision is revealed through case studies from Australia, the US, UK and Europe. For example, the chapter of Singh et al challenges the hegemonic discourses
of supervision in proposing new cultural lenses to doctoral work. Imagining an international doctoral network becomes a reality through the reading of the chapter by Abrant Dahlgren, Nyström, Grosjean and Lee. Narratives of many kinds unfold for supervisors and doctoral candidates: narratives of hope (Rice and Matthews, and McKinley and Grant); transdisciplinary engagement (Willets, Mitchell, Abeysuriya and Fam); reshaping the old for new purposes (Abrant Dahlgren and Bjuremark); and celebrating the importance f partnerships (Adkins et al). This work is guaranteed to generate conversations of a critical nature, which are a must when it comes to doctoral supervision.

Tania Aspland
Professor and Head of the School of Education, University of Adelaide

Reshaping Doctoral Education is edited by: Alison Lee and Susan Danby. Alison Lee is a former Professor of Education in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

This review was first published in the UTS U: Magazine October 2012.

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