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Multidisciplinary Peer-Mentoring Groups Supporting Knowledge Sharing in Doctoral Education (2022)

Nokkala, T., Aarnikoivu, M., & Kiili, J. (2022). Multidisciplinary Peer-Mentoring Groups Supporting Knowledge Sharing in Doctoral Education. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 66(5), 865-878. https://doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2021.1939142

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Nokkala, Terhi; Aarnikoivu, Melina; Kiili, Johanna

Journal or series: Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research

ISSN: 0031-3831

eISSN: 1470-1170

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 22/06/2021

Volume: 66

Issue number: 5

Pages range: 865-878

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00313831.2021.1939142

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77049


Obtaining a doctoral degree requires acquisition of different types of skills and knowledge. The aim of this article is to explore multidisciplinary peer-mentoring groups (PMGs) facilitated by senior academics as a knowledge sharing practice in doctoral education. Drawing from interviews with participants of PMGs at a Finnish university, we found that the participants perceived that cultures and practices of doctoral education in departments and faculties, as well as limited support from supervisors might hinder knowledge sharing. They highlighted that a flat hierarchy and confidential atmosphere supported by the multidisciplinary group composition promoted knowledge sharing and emotional support. Based on these results, we argue that PMGs are a useful resource for facilitating knowledge sharing amongst doctoral researchers and thus have a capacity to benefit the individual as well as the organisation as a whole.

Keywords: doctoral education; peer groups; peer support; mentoring; multidisciplinary research; universities

Free keywords: knowledge sharing; multidisciplinarity; peer-group mentoring; tacit knowledge; university

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Reporting Year: 2022

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