Supporting doctoral writers as writers

research writing encouraged

A community blog, on doctoral supervision relationships and pedagogies

This is a guest post by Dr Rachael Cayley (@rachaelcayley), Associate Professor (Teaching Stream) in the Graduate Centre for Academic Communication, School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto. Rachael edits the Explorations of Style blog, all about academic writing, and is currently working on a book about thriving as a graduate writer. The piece below is based on her research into how supervisors support doctoral writers.

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Photo by Charles Deluvio on Unsplash

During the initial stages of a research project about the supervision of doctoral writing, I got an excellent piece of advice from a senior scholar. Instead of delving into well documented weaknesses in the way supervisors support doctoral writing, why not investigate what parts of doctoral writing supervisionareworking? Why not seek out doctoral writers who got good writing support and then ask their supervisors what they did to support writing?


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