Learning to complete the PhD thesis

Khairul Akmaliah Adham, Huong Ha, Shifa Mohd Nor, Zaleha Yazid

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Research competencies are pertinent to academic researchers. Due to increasingly demanding work situations, academic researchers are forced to rapidly develop competencies in both qualitative and quantitative research. However, studies on how doctoral candidates develop competencies to complete their PhD theses are limited. This study, therefore, examines the types of learning method including the processes and drivers of learning among academics, who have successfully employed qualitative methodologies in their doctoral research. We used the perspectives of learning theories, doctoral education processes and network perspective as the study’s conceptual framework. We employed a qualitative design comprising in-depth interviews with ten researchers in the field of management. The findings suggest that researchers learn qualitative methodologies through both formal and informal methods of learning. Self-study, guidance from supervisor and network support which are closely tied to one’s own self-reflection contribute to the successful application of qualitative methodology in doctoral research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)811-829
Number of pages19
JournalIssues in Educational Research
Volume28
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Learning to complete the PhD thesis. / Adham, Khairul Akmaliah; Ha, Huong; Mohd Nor, Shifa; Yazid, Zaleha.

In: Issues in Educational Research, Vol. 28, No. 4, 04.11.2018, p. 811-829.

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Adham, Khairul Akmaliah ; Ha, Huong ; Mohd Nor, Shifa ; Yazid, Zaleha. / Learning to complete the PhD thesis. In: Issues in Educational Research. 2018 ; Vol. 28, No. 4. pp. 811-829.
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