Supervising undergraduate research using online and peer supervision
MacKeogh, Kay (2006) Supervising undergraduate research using online and peer supervision. In: 7th International Virtual University Conference, 14-15 December 2006, Bratislava.
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This paper will review the role of the undergraduate dissertation as an essential element in the preparation of undergraduate students for research both at postgraduate level and in the wider community. The role and responsibilities of the research supervisor varies between universities, and there are many different styles of supervision. There is a need to strike a balance between the support for the novice researcher, and the development of autonomy and independence. Students studying at a distance from the campus present particular challenges with regard to supervision of research. The paper will outline the approach to research supervision adopted in a distance education psychology module, which combines online supervision, face-to-face meetings, and peer supervision. The paper will conclude with an evaluation of the outcomes.
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