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Taking a Soft Approach to Hard Dissertations

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Taking a Soft Approach to Hard Dissertations

Paul Fynn
Dissertation processes are as much about students learning as their assessment. In encouraging student independence supervisors risk overlooking students’ legitimate needs for support with processes and practice. Rather than being a hard problem, the author argues that dissertations represent soft problems – neither student nor tutor can fully anticipate what the problem is, or what the solution might look like. Checkland’s Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) offers a range of conceptual devices to help shape agreement. This session explores how tools from SSM can support and guide the required processes of divergence and convergence, to increase student autonomy and heighten success.


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Date Added: 26 Sep 2018
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