Supervising at a Distance: The Transformation of Assistance during a Doctoral Journey across Different Continents
This chapter explores doctoral supervision from the point of view of the adjustment of the supervisor’s assistance. The study explored this issue by observing the evolution of dynamics and relations among the necessities and assistance as felt by the different subjectivities in the doctoral process. To do this, an analytic autoethnographic approach was adopted in a case study involving a doctoral student completing most of her doctorate while living in Santiago de Chile and two researchers who supervised her while living and working in Barcelona. The analysis revealed five epiphanies in this process: building the relationship; theoretical work; analysing data; supervised autonomy; and controlling timing. Findings suggested that assistance is largely multidimensional, and that adjustment of assistance does not require a coincidence between the supervisor’s and student’s perceptions of the student’s necessities.
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