Western places, academic spaces and indigenous faces

Supervising indigenous Australian postgraduate students

Michelle Trudgett*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Supervision is arguably one of the most important support mechanisms provided to higher degree research students. Research into the role of supervision is emerging, with many scholars arguing the importance of establishing a connection between the supervisor and the student. However, problems can emerge when this relationship is overlaid with cultural differences and the supervisor has little knowledge of the student's cultural positioning. This paper will draw on findings of a doctoral research inquiry to explore the supervision provided to Indigenous Australian postgraduate students. Recommendations for change will be offered in the course of the discussion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-399
Number of pages11
JournalTeaching in Higher Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011


  • Cultural awareness
  • Indigenous australian
  • Postgraduate
  • Supervision

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