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Title:Conflict resolution mechanisms between postgraduate mentors and their mentees
Author:M÷wes, Andrew Dietrich
Periodical:Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (ISSN 2026-7215)
Geographic term:Namibia
Abstract:Various issues that play a role in the event of a conflict between postgraduate supervisors and their research students are discussed, based on the author's experience as a senior lecturer in advanced research methodology, and guidance and counselling at the University of Namibia.Two supervisory approaches are compared: the master/apprentice approach and the laissez-faire approach. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. In the case of master/apprentice relationship a supervisor may believe a particular approach to be suitable for a certain student, whereas the latter's background or other factors may cause the approach to have negative implications, which in turn could give rise to a conflict. Typical problems that arise between supervisors and research students include: conflicting or unrealistic expectations of each other, poor feedback, tensions or conflicting perspectives from within the supervision panel, and a supervisor's lack of knowledge and experience in research and supervision. The author discusses each problem and suggests possible conflict resolution mechanisms. In all these examples no attempt is made to reach a utopian state where no conflict exists. It is understood that the research student ultimately carries the burden for a failed attempt at a postgraduate research qualification. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]