Research Supervision at a Private University in Lahore: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of Students’ Lived Experiences
This study explores research students’ perspectives on research supervision, employing phenomenological methods and collecting data through homogenous sampling, and interviewing research students who had been working on their research work for more than six months. The study was restricted to four research students in an education department at a private university in Lahore due to time and resource limitations. By using a semi-structured interview guide and telephonic calls, students’ responses were recorded. All participants provided rich data about the approaches to supervision. The analysis of the data revealed that most of the supervisors were using different approaches to supervision and provided support for project management, attaining resources, and directing the supervisors toward their tasks under appropriate guidance. Most research students also reported that their supervisors helped them in locating resources, updated them regarding conferences, critically evaluated their work through cross-questioning, and provided them with timely and appropriate feedback to elevate their expertise level. Few research students gave responses regarding the non-availability of feedback as they asserted that their supervisor is not approachable, and they blamed them for their less interaction.
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