KEY FEATURES: A focus on the actual process and value of shared learning is emphasized with the inclusion of research from peer learning groups, contributed narratives, and the authors’ own programs. Inclusion of themes such as joy, experimentation, and creativity serve as guideposts for doctoral learning and ease anxieties regarding performance. End-of-chapter lists of practical tips summarize the main learning points that can be drawn from each chapter. Cross-disciplinary applicability makes the book appropriate for use in such fields as education, political science, and business administration.

Matching Student and Research Community

Lene Tanggaard Charlotte Wegener


Purpose: The purpose of the present chapter is to describe and analyze examples of successful and not-so-successful matching of students and supervisor in doctoral training.

Central message: The chapter challenges the notion of individual talent as the only sign of research potential. The term matching indicates that research talent is and must be relationally defined as a match between requirements in the research community and what the doctoral students bring along and develop as part of their participation.

Takeaways: Supervision relationships that are open and fluid, leading to a “negotiated order” model of supervision where the expectations between supervisor and student are open to change, are of huge value ...

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