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Nurse Educ Today. 2011 Nov;31(8):861-5. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2010.12.025. Epub 2011 Feb 1.

A Marriage of Convenience? A qualitative study of colleague supervision of Master's level dissertations.

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Evidence-Based Practice Research Centre, Edge Hill University, UK.


The focus of this study is colleague supervision of Master's level dissertations. A qualitative study was undertaken and in-depth interviews with research supervisors (n=7) and students (n=7) who had experienced colleague supervision of masters' level dissertations in the previous four years were undertaken. Independent 'outsider' researchers were deployed to undertake the interviews. A thematic content analysis approach was utilised and an analogy of a 'Marriage of Convenience' was used to describe the various dimensions and significant chronological events of the student/supervisor relationship. Four data themes were identified and included: 'Match making and betrothal', 'Soul mates or not', 'Married life' and 'Giving birth'. The study's findings give rise to a number of recommendations that will be of interest to all healthcare educators who are involved in supervision of colleagues' academic research activities.

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