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The use of reflective journal in a postgraduate research methodology course: student experiences


Yong, Mei Fung and Tan, Bee Hoon (2013) The use of reflective journal in a postgraduate research methodology course: student experiences. Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities, 21 (spec. Nov.). pp. 41-56. ISSN 0128-7702; ESSN: 2231-8534


This paper examines the research skill development of an intact group of postgraduate (Master of Arts) students in a research methodology course. Data were collected from the students' weekly introspective reflective journals over one semester and a semi-structured interview at the end of the course. Results from the students' reflections revealed the initial high anxiety among novice researchers who had to juggle between learning new concepts and applying the knowledge in practice. Those who looked at the rewards instead of the challenges found their learning processes more meaningful although they also struggled in completing tasks and writing assignments. The students' esearch skill development culminated in a sense of achievement and satisfaction. The findings from the study contribute to the awareness of the difficulties, the strategies used and the worthwhile learning experiences of novice researchers in acquiring and developing research skills. Suggestions for pedagogy are identified for the use of reflections in the classroom.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Reflective journal; Reflection; Research methodology; Metacognitive strategies; Graduates
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2015 05:03
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2015 05:03
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/40724
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