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 Brighton Chiseva

Professor Wiseman Magwa and his wife Professor Simuforosa Magwa have co-authored another book on research supervision which is a must-read textbook on research supervision for  students in Higher Education Institutions.

The book is tittled Supervision of Dissertations, Theses and Projects: A Guide for Students and their Supervisors (ISBN 979-1-77925-630-0) and was published and printed in Zimbabwe by Dream Discovery Publishers, Gweru.

It becomes the third book to be co-authored by the two prolific Professors who teach research methods to both undergraduate and postgraduate research students.

In 2015, they co-published a research textbook titled, A Guide to Conducting Research: A Student Handbook (ISBN 978-1-68181-087-4) which was printed in the United States of America by Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Company, New York.

This was followed by another joint effort in 2017 titled, Writing a Research Proposal: A Step by Step Student Guide (ISBN 987-0-86922-898-2) that was printed in Zimbabwe by Mambo Press, Gweru.

Speaking to TellZim News, Professor Wiseman Magwa said in their several years of supervising research students, they observed that projects, dissertations and theses were a challenging task for both students and their supervisors.

“Many supervisors argue that they are good researchers but  have not received training in research supervision thus they often lack best practices in managing the research process. As a result, many students struggle to complete their projects, dissertations or theses because of the unproductive relationship between the supervisor and the student,” said Magwa.

He  said the relationship between supervisor and student can only thrive if both parties know their roles and responsibilities right from the onset, which they have to religiously fulfil throughout the research journey.

“The supervisor and the student should know their roles for them to produce a good product and this is why we decided to produce this important book to help them both,” said Magwa.

The guide provides basic information for supervisors of diploma, undergraduate, honours, masters and doctoral students.

It addresses the gap in the knowledge base relating to the supervision of research students by university and college staff.

It is structured to provide information that supervisors may find useful at various stages of the research process.

Guidelines contained in this book serve to offer guidance to both research supervisors and students who are engaged in completing research projects at different levels of study and provides guidance and practical advice to research students to assist them in maximising their potential.

It also provides guidance and practical advice to support supervisors in undertaking their crucial roles. 

The resource book also aims to fill up the knowledge gap in research supervision by providing a set of best practices for the supervisor that may help to structure and focus the collaboration between student and supervisor so that the project, thesis or dissertation runs smoothly.

With this guiding manual, the authors hope to initiate discussions and debate on good practices for supervising research projects, dissertations and theses. This is a handbook that is expected to assist supervisors of research students to develop quality researches.

Magwa said the book was there to complement other reseach texts that are there and should not be seen as prescriptive.

“The roles and responsibilities of supervisors and students the handbook should not be seen as prescriptive but indicative and does not intend to replace the research regulations set out in specific university or college regulations.

Wiseman Magwa is a Full Professor and a holder of a Doctoral Degree in Language Education with the University of South Africa (UNISA). He worked as a High School teacher before joining Teacher Education in 1987 where he rose from Lecturer, Senior Lecturer up to Principal Lecturer grade.

He then joined University Education and taught as a Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Full Professor for many years.  Professor Magwa was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the Reformed Church University (Zimbabwe) from 2011–2017.  He retired as Vice-Chancellor and was then appointed Executive Director of the Midlands State University Language Institute from 2018 to date.

He has published extensively in the area of language, literature, culture and education with more than 100 academic articles, 29 books and several book chapters.

His wife Simuforosa Magwa is a Full Professor in the School of Education and Culture at Great Zimbabwe University.

She is a holder of a Doctoral degree in Educational Psychology with the University of South Africa (UNISA).

She worked as a school teacher for many years before joining Higher Education as a Lecturer and rose to become Senior Lecturer and Full Professor in the Faculty of Education at the Zimbabwe Open University and Great Zimbabwe University respectively.

She has published extensively in the area of Education with several journal articles, books and book chapters to her credit.

The impressive profiles of the two authors reflect a high level of scholarship consciously focused on a step-by-step journey towards a successful research destination.

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