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ERIC Number: ED562145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Supervisory and Digital Literacy Practices in Postgraduate Supervision: A Case Study
Kaur, Sarjit; Sidhu, Gurnam Kaur; Fong, Lee Lai; Jamian, Leele Suzana
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA) (12th, Maynooth, Greater Dublin, Ireland, Oct 24-26, 2015)
The twin forces of globalisation and internationalisation witnessed the global democratisation of higher education leading to the mushrooming of institutions of higher learning alongside with the rapid increase in student enrolments at all levels including postgraduate study. Despite the rapid developments in higher education, postgraduate study has been plagued with high attrition and low completion rates. Consequently, there is a need to look into delivery systems to ensure postgraduate supervisors use effective delivery systems in providing quality supervision. This paper investigated the supervisory and digital literacy practices among 40 supervisors in two public universities in Malaysia in the following four aspects: ethics, personal commitment, climate and use of digital tools. This mixed methods study collected data using questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. The findings revealed that the supervisors provided academic support, created a positive climate and guided their students about ethics in research to a great extent. The findings also revealed that supervisors should equip themselves with a diversity of supervisory practices, including making use of digital tools in managing their supervision practices more effectively. While a majority of the supervisors made use of digital tools in their supervision process, the interview sessions with six supervisors revealed that some of them reported being reluctant to make use of digital tools to check their students' draft chapters. These findings have implications for the need of quality delivery systems especially institutional and academic support for postgraduate study. [For the full proceedings, see ED562093.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia