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Supervising for Independence – A Case Study of Master Science Projects in Higher Education
RISE, Swedish ICT, SICS. Software and Systems Engineering Laboratory.
Number of Authors: 3
2015 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Students completing a Swedish Master's degree in engineering should have knowledge and skills to independently solve engineering issues. This autonomy should be developed and demonstrated within the M.Sc. project course. But, how can supervisors encourage independence? We have explored this in a case study through semi-structured interviews with students, supervisors and examiners of two M.Sc. projects. We investigated their view of independence, and how supervision correlates to independence. The results identify areas relevant to independence, namely supervision roles and relationships, student characteristics, M.Sc. process, and view on independence. The results confirm previous findings that students' knowledge of and motivation for the topic support independence. The supervisor's role is to guide and support through frequent peer-level discussions and to act as a discussion partner, while the student should have the main responsibility for the project. We conclude that it is important for supervisors to encourage students to take ownership of their M.Sc. projects and to design their own solutions, while providing the overall process and timelines.

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2015, 12.
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teaching, learning, supervision, higher education
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Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-24464OAI: diva2:1043548
LU:s femte högskolepedagogiska utvecklingskonferens
Available from: 2016-10-31 Created: 2016-10-31

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