Questionnaire: Opinions about research supervision
Read the pairs of conflicting statements and choose which one most accurately represents your own position. Where you do not fully agree with either one of them, estimate your position on the intervening scale. Once you have entered your choice for a question, click on the vote button and see what proportion of respondents had the same response as you.
You can also leave a comment at the bottom of the page, and you will be able to read comments from others who have considered these statements during workshops.
After completing this questionnaire, you can reflect on your own set of skills and values as a supervisor by completing the checklist Understanding your strengths, weaknesses and values in the supervision process.
Please note that this is not a research instrument; it is simply a good exercise for prompting thought and discussion. The statements are therefore intentionally a little ambiguous and overlapping. We recommend it be used with groups of staff and students; it also works well in mixed groups.
This questionnaire was originally developed by:
Dr Peggy Nightingale
fIRST Consortium consultant
Former Director, Professional Development Centre
based on an exercise developed by Brown, G. & Atkins, M. 1988. Effective teaching in higher education. London: Methuen, pp. 146-147.
It has since been edited by Emeritus Professor Mark Tennant, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney