Exploring the Perceptions of Female PhD Scholars on Selecting a Supervisor: A Narrative Inquiry

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  • Sharmila Pokharel Tribhuvan University

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https://doi.org/10.3126/pdmdj.v5i2.59595

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work style, research interests, personality traits, mentorships, student-supervisor relationship

Abstract

This narrative inquiry explored the experiences of PhD students in their relationships with their supervisors. The study identified three themes that emerged from the data analysis. The first theme highlights the importance of compatibility between the supervisor and student. Participants emphasized the need to find a supervisor who shares similar research interests, communication styles, and personality traits. They also discussed the negative consequences of not having a compatible relationship with their supervisor, including decreased motivation, lack of support, and difficulties with communication. The second theme focuses on the role of support from the supervisor. Participants emphasized the importance of having a supportive supervisor who is available and responsive, and who provides guidance and mentorship throughout the PhD process. They also discussed the negative consequences of not having a supportive supervisor, including feelings of isolation and frustration, and difficulties in completing their PhD. The third theme highlights the influence of power dynamics on the student-supervisor relationship. Participants discussed the potential for power imbalances in the supervisor-supervisee relationship, and the impact of these imbalances on their research experiences. The study highlights the importance of compatibility, support, and power dynamics in the student-supervisor relationship for successful outcomes in PhD programs.

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Sharmila Pokharel, Tribhuvan University

Central Department of Education

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Published

2023-11-02

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Pokharel, S. (2023). Exploring the Perceptions of Female PhD Scholars on Selecting a Supervisor: A Narrative Inquiry. Pragya Darshan प्रज्ञा दर्शन, 5(2), 21–25. https://doi.org/10.3126/pdmdj.v5i2.59595

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