ERIC Number: EJ1159646
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Research Needs and Learning Format Preferences of Graduate Students at a Large Public University: An Exploratory Study
Bussell, Hilary; Hagman, Jessica; Guder, Christopher S.
College & Research Libraries, v78 n7 p978-998 Nov 2017
This article reports on a study of research needs and learning preferences of graduate students at a public research university. A sequential exploratory mixed-method design was used, with a survey instrument developed from an initial qualitative stage. Significant differences were found between master's and doctoral students' and on-campus and online students' confidence with several research skills. Graduate students overall prefer asynchronous online options and in-person workshops over synchronous online instruction and in-class presentations for learning research skills. The article concludes with a discussion of the value of the sequential exploratory mixed-method design for informing practice at an individual institution.
Descriptors: Research Needs, Preferences, Graduate Students, Public Colleges, Learning Strategies, Mixed Methods Research, Research Skills, Masters Degrees, Doctoral Degrees, Online Courses, Cohort Analysis, Asynchronous Communication, Synchronous Communication, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Focus Groups, Information Skills, Workshops
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio
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