Speaking of Writing: Supervisory Feedback and the Dissertation

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Abstract

This chapter draws on writing theory and research to consider the challenging task of supervising doctoral student writing. First, the dissertation is presented as a complex rhetorical act that makes great demands on students and their tutors. Next, data from supervisory sessions are analyzed to identify the patterns of concern in supervisors’ comments. Chief among those concerns are organization and audience: supervisors strive to offer students advice on textual structure and tips about their disciplinary community. Finally, the chapter concludes with a description of practices that supervisors and institutions might adopt to create an environment for writing.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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