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ERIC Number: ED498263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 15
Postgraduate Research Students' Knowledge and Attitudes towards Good Supervisory Practice at the University of Exeter
Abdelhafez, Ahmed M. M.
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Background: Research reveals that the relationship between a student and a supervisor is so crucial that students cannot afford to leave it to chance. It must be managed. Phillips and Pugh (2000, p. 193) maintains that if students are to do this well, they must understand what their supervisors expect of them. Once they have this "inside information" they will be in a better position to develop the skills necessary to reduce any communication barriers and sustain the relationship for mutual benefit. Purpose: The study aims to investigate the relationship between postgraduate research students' knowledge of code of supervisory practice at the University of Exeter and how this knowledge could affect their attitudes towards their supervisors. It also aims to find out if there are any significant differences in students' knowledge and attitudes in relation to students' gender and year of study. Setting: University of Exeter, UK. Study Sample: Thirty full-time postgraduate research students at the University of Exeter participated in the study by completing the survey questionnaire either through email or hand-given. Intervention: The survey was given to students either by hand or via email. Because the survey should only take a few minutes to complete, I collected back hand-given surveys at the same time they were given. This should ensure a high rate of return. The surveys given via email enabled inexpensive and easy return, and also the quick and easy facility to remind participants of the need to return their response, if necessary. Research Design: Statistical Survey. Control or Comparison Condition: A convenience sample of 30 participants was used. The participants were MSc or PhD full-time research students at the University of Exeter. This group was chosen with the aim of recruiting equal numbers of participants according to the two independent variables: gender (15 female and 15 male students), year of study (15 first year and 15 second year). Data and Analysis: After the collection of the questionnaire forms, the coding sheet was made, then the SPSS, which, as indicated by Bryman and Cramer (1999) enables a researcher to score and analyse quantitative data very quickly and in many different ways, was used to analyse the data using Pearson's correlation analysis and T-test. Findings: This study revealed that there is a significant positive correlation between Exeter University students' knowledge of code of supervisory practice and their attitudes towards their supervisor. No differences were found in students' knowledge or attitudes in relation to gender and year of study. Conclusion: As suggested by the results of this study, if students have more knowledge about code of supervisory practice, this will develop a positive relationship between students and supervisors for mutual benefit. Citation: Abdelhafez, A. (2007). Postgraduate Research Students' Knowledge and Attitudes towards Good Supervisory Practice at the University of Exeter. Appended are: (1) The Questionnaire; (2) Jury members of the Face validity of the questionnaire; and (3) Calculating the reliability coefficient of the knowledge section of the questionnaire using KR20 (Kuder-Richardson Formula 20). (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom