Lethargic Research Projects: Student-supervisor’s Dilemmas in Managing Research Projects
Higher Education Research
Volume 5, Issue 2, April 2020, Pages: 37-43
Received: Dec. 17, 2019; Accepted: Jan. 4, 2020; Published: Mar. 10, 2020
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Kanyesigye Rullonga Monicah, Ernest Cook Ultrasound Research and Education Institute (ECUREI), Kampala, Uganda
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Starting an academic research project is an exciting journey which students approach with high zeal, excitement and passion. Eventually, the excitement reduces; very few complete on time, a sizable number abandon their studies and others drag on for long beyond the allowable academic time. In fact, most of the students end up applying for extension of time before they are deregistered. On estimate, only 10% of those who begin their PhD journey are able to complete in an average 4 years’ time. This paper analyzed the dilemmas students go through in their research process and the challenges supervisors meet in handling doctoral research projects. The study employed an exploratory design. Self-administered questionnaires were used on 42 respondents who included; PhD students on a research project, PhD student supervisors and PhD holders who had undertaken a research project. Data analysis was done concurrently with data gathering using content analysis method. The study findings indicated that supervisor challenges are mainly institutional constructed, while students recounted lack of clear guidance and orientation on the research process, attributed to both the institution and supervisor. Mutually, there is a tendency to assume that both parties have a clear familiarity with the study process. The study recommends the need for attention in; planning, design and orientation of both students and supervisors in managing academic research projects specifically, outlining expected milestones at each level. The study designed a triad supervisory model that can be adopted by institutions of higher learning in Africa to improve graduate rates, solve the student-supervisor challenges and improve PhD quality of research.
PhD Studies, Academic Research, Supervision Dilemmas
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Kanyesigye Rullonga Monicah, Lethargic Research Projects: Student-supervisor’s Dilemmas in Managing Research Projects, Higher Education Research. Vol. 5, No. 2, 2020, pp. 37-43. doi: 10.11648/j.her.20200502.11
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