n South African Journal of Higher Education - Multiplicity in supervision models : the supervisor's perspective

Volume 27, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Supervision is a vital aspect in the success of postgraduate students and even more so in open distance learning (ODL). Various factors influence supervision success, some relating to the student, some to the supervisor and others to the institution. This article addresses an over-arching factor, namely the number of stakeholders involved in a supervision relationship, that is termed . The allocation of more than one supervisor has capacity implications which have to be traded against improvements in quantitative success measures and quality factors such as richer pools of knowledge and complementary expertise. The study reported on investigated the perceptions of 22 supervisors on multiplicity. All the supervisors had undertaken supervision in ODL contexts. The research strategy was qualitative, based on an open-ended questionnaire survey and interviews. The main contribution was a set of dimensions, comprising factors that influence postgraduate supervision relationships, and the identification of conditions for considering more than one supervisor.

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