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Student Readiness for Postgraduate Study in Terms of Research and Conceptual Skills: Perspectives from Supervisors

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The main aim of this study was to examine supervisors’ perspectives of their postgraduate students’ competency in terms of research and conceptual skills. The study employed a quantitative research design which was conducted in two local public universities involving 121 postgraduate supervisors. Data for the study were collected using a questionnaire. The findings revealed that on the whole, supervisors felt that their students possessed moderate readiness in terms of research skills and limited readiness in terms of conceptual skills. Inferential statistics involving the use of t-tests further revealed that there were no significant differences in supervisors’ perceptions based on discipline but there was a significant difference in their perceptions based on locality. The findings of the study suggest that institutes of graduate studies need to provide help in the form of short courses to help equip postgraduate students with the required competencies for postgraduate study. Likewise, supervisors need to work together with their students and facilitate their development of critical literacy and research skills so that they can graduate on time.
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Keywords: Conceptual Skills; Postgraduate Study; Research Skills; Student Readiness

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Humanities, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang, Malaysia 2: Faculty of Education, University Technology MARA, Selangor, Levels 5 and 7, Block FSK 1, 5, Puncak Alam Campus, 42300 Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Publication date: April 1, 2017

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