Course Supervision Challenges in PhD Education

Mikael Blomé, Daniel Hellström, Gyöngyi Kovacs, Johan Zetterberg, Johan Åkesson

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    A large portion of the PhD education in Sweden is dedicated to courses. This made it interesting to explore potential course supervision challenges in the PhD programme. A multiple-case study was conducted to identify such challenges and explore how these are perceived by students and supervisors
    at the Faculty of Engineering of Lund University. By interviewing students and supervisors in five different research groups, insights were gained into how the main stakeholders reason about courses. The findings indicate that courses that are to be included in the education are characterized by a large degree of freedom tailored to individual student needs and preferences. However, the type, timing, availability, value, and convalidation of courses are challenges that limit this freedom.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication7:e Pedagogiska inspirationskonferensen
    Number of pages3
    Place of PublicationLund
    PublisherLTH - Lunds Tekniska Högskola
    Publication date2012
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventLTHs Pedagogiska Inspirationskonferens - Lund, Sweden
    Duration: 30.08.201230.08.2012
    Conference number: 7


    • 616 Other humanities
    • PhD education


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