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International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship

Editor-in-Chief: Andrusyszyn, Mary-Anne

Ed. by Maltby, Hendrika J. / Babenko-Mould, Yolanda / Booth, Richard Garnet

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Co-supervision of Doctoral Students: Enhancing the Learning Experience

Pauline Paul
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  • Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy 11405, 87 Ave Edmonton, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 1C9
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Published Online: 2014-03-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijnes-2012-0004


The purpose of this paper is to examine the advantages and challenges of co-supervision of doctoral students, as found in the literature and from our experiences. We define co-supervision and then discuss the process in detail. Examples are based on experiences of co-supervision from faculty perspectives as well as from the point of view of a former doctoral student. We propose that the advantages of co-supervision far outweigh the challenges and should be regularly considered by seasoned academics to enhance student learning. In addition, we suggest that co-supervision is intellectually stimulating for academics.

Keywords: co-supervision; doctoral education; graduate education; joint supervision; doctoral nursing education; supervision


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Published Online: 2014-03-11

Published in Print: 2014-01-01

Citation Information: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 31–38, ISSN (Online) 1548-923X, ISSN (Print) 2194-5772, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijnes-2012-0004.

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