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1 Michelle Schaaf PhD Candidate University of Otago Navigating the Competing Worlds and Lived Realities of a PhD Candidate Mrs. R. Michelle Schaaf PhD Candidate University of Otago 2010 Canterbury Pacific Postgraduate Student Symposium 28 September 2010 Coppertop, Commerce Building, Level 2..

2 OUTLINE Trigger for my research topic Personal contextualisation How did I go about my PhD? How did I go about my PhD? The importance of supervisory relationships PhD Candidacy Survival Tips The implications for my role as a new and emerging supervisorThe implications for my role as a new and emerging supervisor. O

3 PhD title: Pacific participation in Aotearoa/Niu Sila Netball, with particular reference to body image, family, culture, church, education and physical education. Trigger for my research topic Personal contextualisation How did I go about my PhD? How did I go about my PhD?.

4 The importance of supervisory relationships Complex web of relationships hierarchical, gendered and powerhierarchical, gendered and powerCandidate/Supervisors – colleagues –friendships

5 PhD Candidacy Survival Tips View PhD candidacy as a form of self- inflicted military boot camp.

6 Embrace and own the candidate/supervisor relationship.

7 Take part in the selection of your supervisor/s.

8 . Select supervisors on the basis of criteria that matter

9 Go for a good combination of supervisory skills.

10 Be prepared to market yourself to get the supervisor/s you want.

11 Make your personal well-being a priority.

12 See failure as a learning opportunity.

13 The implications for my role as a new and emerging supervisor The implications for my role as a new and emerging supervisor Be aware of both the positive and the negative aspectsBe aware of both the positive and the negative aspects Supervisors shouldSupervisors should –emulate the best of their own experiences –reflect on and avoid their own experiences that did not work.

14 The implications for my role as a new and emerging supervisor The implications for my role as a new and emerging supervisor Profound impact on my own supervisory practice –model the positive and successful practices –to engage with respect and honesty.

15 Summary Trigger for my research topicTrigger for my research topic Personal contextualisationPersonal contextualisation How did I go about my PhD? How did I go about my PhD? The importance of supervisory relationships The importance of supervisory relationships PhD Candidacy Survival TipsPhD Candidacy Survival Tips The implications for my role as a new and emerging supervisorThe implications for my role as a new and emerging supervisor.

16 . Questions


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