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An Analysis of Existing Issues in Students' Research and Project Initiation Stage: Information and Communication Technology Perspective
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2013 (English)In: INTED 2013. 7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference: Proceedings / [ed] L. Gómez Chova, A. López Martínez, I. Candel Torres, International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED) , 2013, 1760-1769 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Universities are challenged to produce quality graduates and have introduced different type of teaching methods in the curriculum to address this challenge. As a measure to minimize this issue, universities have introduced various activities in the curriculum. Industrial placements, industry based projects, field visits, courses, workshops, seminars from industry experts and special courses such as entrepreneurship are a few examples raised so far. Among other activities, a research project component is a leading way to link theory into practice, enhance employability skills of the students and improve the industry university collaboration. There are mainly two types of key participants in the thesis process, and they are students and supervisors. A student or group of students performs research under the guidance of a supervisor or team of supervisors. Research supervision is a unique teaching methodology, and it is certainly one of the most complex and problematic among other pedagogical methods and such projects report a high dropout rate. Also, it is a well-known problem that a large number of students are failing to complete their research project within the scheduled timeframe with the anticipated quality. The selection of an interesting topic and a suitable supervisor are essential requirements for a successful research project. Many students select research topics without a proper understanding of the topic. Students, supervisors and industry representatives have research ideas that are important for each other but, lack of communication between these parties prevents the initiation of them as valuable research projects. Hence, although industry is a main source of ideas, there is a lack of industry related students projects in the Sri Lankan university system. Although, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) enable information systems are developed to support teaching, learning, and administrative activities, there is a lack of research to study about the use of ICT for the thesis supervision process. The focus of this study identifies issues in the initial stage of the research supervision process with the purpose of designing an ICT enabled framework for the thesis supervision process. This study utilizes both quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques, and follows a mixed method. A survey was conducted to identify issues in the thesis initiation stage, and four types of questionnaires distributed to supervisors, students, administrators and industry representatives. Furthermore, coordinators were interviewed to clarify unclear problematic areas. Finally, issues are explained as a model that can be used as a foundation for future studies.

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International Association of Technology, Education and Development (IATED) , 2013. 1760-1769 p.
, INTED Proceedings, ISSN 2340-1079
Keyword [en]
Thesis supervision, Research project, Issues in research process, ICT for education, Industry–University collaboration.
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Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97195ISBN: 978-84-616-2661-8OAI: diva2:676239
7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain, 4-5 March, 2013
Available from: 2013-12-05 Created: 2013-12-05 Last updated: 2014-02-05Bibliographically approved

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