I’ve been thinking about why we do what we do and how we do it, a lot recently. I blame Tatiana Bachkirova. In the first term of her postgraduate supervision course at Oxford Brookes, we had to write about our model, demonstrating that we understood why we worked the way we did. We had to show congruence between our personal philosophy (values, beliefs, assumptions, perceived purpose for supervision), desired outcomes and the processes we used when supervising. It was a time for burning the midnight oil and searching the soul – 78 books and articles later, I began to understand how it...

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