FD16- PhD supervision | Spring 23

HSPED802 Optional module

The module provides and theoretical and practical introductions to ph.d supervision. One of the goals of the course is to share experiences and knowledge to strengthen the participants' own role as a supervisor.

This optional module is part of HSPED802 Optional modules.

Key Concepts

  • PhD
  • Supervision
  • Feedback 
  • Writing

Course instructors: professor Kari Smith and professor Knut Steinar Engelsen

Aim and scope for the course

P.hd. in Norway- some statistics, HVL framework and guidelines, theories of supervision- what is the aim with supervision.

The doctoral candidate, what does research say, what do we experience? Role of supervisor, formal and informal roles

Quality supervision, signature pedagogy of supervision, relations, feedback

Publication- co-authoring and ethics, from library somebody to talk about open access, data bases, search for literature

Structuring and completing the dissertation- writing the meta-text (kappen), submission, and what to do if rejection

Learning activities

There will be a combination of thematic plenary lectures, discussions in groups and plenary summaries and discussions as well as individual work


Participation in group and plenary discussions


Participation in the seminar


The course will be organized as a 2 full day seminar in Bergen.


  • 11.05.2023, at 10.00-16.30
  • 12.05.2023, at 09.00-15.00

Platform: Canvas

Suggested literature

Bandura, A. 1977. Self-efficacy: toward a unifying theory of behavioral change. Psychological review, 84, 191. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/0146640278900024

Dloriert, C., Sambrook, S. & Stewart, J. 2012- Power and emotion in doctoral supervision: implications for HRD. European Journal of Training and Development 36/7, 732-750

Golde, C.M. 2007. Signature Pedagogies in Doctoral Education: Are They Adaptable for the Preparation of Education Researchers? Educational Researcher, 36/6,344–351

Green, P. & Bowden, J. 2012. Completion mindsets and contexts in doctoral supervision. Quality Assurance in Education 20/1, 66-80

Shulman, L. S. (2005). Signature pedagogies in the professions. Daedalus, 134(3), 52–59. doi:10.1162/0011526054622015. https://direct.mit.edu/daed/article/134/3/52/27370/Signature-pedagogies-in-the-professions

Winchester-Seeto,T., Homewood,J.,Thogersen, J.,Jacenyik-Trawoger, J.,Manathunga,
C.,Reid, A. & Holbrook, A. 2014 Doctoral supervision in a cross-cultural context: issues affecting supervisors and candidates, Higher Education Research & Development, 33:3, 610-626, DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2013.841648. Link:

Zimmerman, B. J. 2002. Becoming a self-regulated learner: An overview. Theory into practice, 41, 64-70.