The last day of the PGCAP teaching began with a discussion about supervisory roles and the good and bad characteristics of a supervisor, narrowing this down we focused on the best positive points, which were: Inspiring, Knowledge, Motivating, Available and a Critical friend.
One characteristic we were also talking about was ‘helpful’, but I felt that all of the five points listed above added up to the meaning helpful, and that helpful is a hard term to define in this instance. What on person finds helpful, the next may find disrupting.
This was an intriguing discussion that I really enjoyed, I kept thinking back to my undergraduate studies and and critiquing my project supervisors which were assisting and supporting my areas of study.
In terms of the knowledge knowledge characteristic , I think ‘networking’ could sit alongside. If you don’t know all the answers as a supervisor you should know where to look for the answer.
Research Informed Teaching
Debbie Cotton took this session and we talked about how research and teaching relate to each other. Topics included how in theory ideas about informed teaching and research are managed and what the expectations are. Do good researchers make good teachers? The conclusion was yes and no. Research evidence is sporadic as many different factors come into play such as time, preference on teaching or research for the individual, etc. However in departmental structures both research and teaching was more aligned, possibly because the best researchers in a department can focus on research and the best teachers can focus on teaching, as long as there is communication between the two parties, the research can inform the teaching and holes in the teaching could possibly inform the research. Departmental research structures looks like a good balance, relating this to the text from the homework (Barnett, R, 1990) it makes sense that our University has an institute of research, the output of is research then informs the teachers, who may find it difficult to find the time for engage in their own research. Also researchers across Faculties/Schools/Directorates can bid for money and the outcomes are fed back into the institution, then being distributed to all interested within the institution.