Producing academic theses: the Kristianstad model

Sven-Olof Yrjö Collin, Timurs Umans, Pernilla Broberg, Elin Smith, Torbjörn Tagesson

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We present a model of supervising bachelor and master theses that we have developed at Kristianstad University in Sweden. It emphasizes 1.) engagement, in that the research engaged supervisor becomes engaged in both the subject of the thesis and the students writing it; 2.) the Humboldt principle, in that teachers and students collaborate for mutual benefit; 3.) the Socratic method, in that the supervisor drives students´ learning through posing questions. The model implies intense and frequent supervision, seminars with students as opponents and respondents, and finally, popular presentation, where the results are presented for an educated public. The examination of the theses have the double function of securing high standard examination and to develop the staff in their supervisory and examinatory skills. The direction of the supervisory team is mainly made through common norms, such as a thesis have to be driven by theory, methodological pragmatism implying that the problem, not the authors preferences, determine which analytical method to use and empirical orientation that theories needs to be tested or evaluated. The model described has shown good results, both in national evaluations and through number of scientific publications.

Titel på värdpublikationScientific works
RedaktörerEkaterina Astahova
UtgivningsortKharkov, Ukraine
FörlagPeoples Ukrainian Academy University Press
Antal sidor21
StatusPublicerad - 2016

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