Personal Development Planning as a means to strengthen supervisory relationships in doctoral education

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Higher education literature describes the relationship between doctoral students and their supervisors from different perspectives, usually referring to the power relations between the two and advocating for the importance of clarifying expectations of the supervisory process. The dimension of ‘closeness’ building a robust and trustful relationship has been the topic of research in only a few studies. While personal development planning is used extensively in higher education in the UK to strengthen the learning process of students, this study documents another potent use of the tool. In an introduction course for new PhD students at the University of Copenhagen participants are required to share their personal development plan with their supervisor, and our analysis of reflective notes reveal how this can contribute to a better working relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2013
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventExperiencing higher education: Global Trends and Transformations: SRHE Annual Reseach Conference 2013 - Newport, United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Dec 201313 Dec 2013


ConferenceExperiencing higher education: Global Trends and Transformations
CountryUnited Kingdom

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