The Magwa Professors publish book on research supervison

The Magwa Professors publish book on research supervison Professor Wiseman Magwa and Professor Simuforosa Magwa have co-authored a must-read textbook on research supervision for all students in Higher Education Institutions.

This is the third book 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. In their several years of supervising research students, they observed that projects, dissertations and theses are indeed a challenging task for both students as well as their supervisors.

Many supervisors, they argue 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.

They further argue that a positive 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. With this in mind in they co-authored this important book on research supervision titled, Supervision of Dissertations, Theses and Projects: A Guide for Students and their Supervisors (ISBN 979-1-77925-630- 0) published and printed in Zimbabwe by Dream Discovery Publishers, Gweru early this year 2021.

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 a book that 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.

The guide 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 focus is primarily on students and supervisors of research students at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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, thus enabling students to succeed. 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 hand- book that is expected to as- sist supervisors of research students to develop quality research projects, theses and dissertations hence its importance to anyone who is associated with higher research degrees and those seeking to better understand the role of the supervisor in student research.

However, the roles and responsibilities of supervisors and students discussed in this handbook should not be seen as prescriptive but indicative because the book does not intend to replace the research regulations set out in specific university or college regulations. If anything, this book provides a complementary role in what is being practised in different colleges and universities. 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. Magwa has published extensively in the area of language, literature, culture and education with more than 100 academic articles, 29 books and several book chapters.

Simuforosa Magwa is a Full Professor in the School of Education and Culture at the 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.

Magwa Simuforosa 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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