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Sharing the research journey – fostering a love of research in coursework Masters students

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Abstract


  • Based on addressing the motivational needs identified in Self‐Determination Theory (Ryan & Deci, 2000), the

    paper outlines an engaging approach to developing research skills in a coursework masters program. Self‐Determination

    theory is a needs‐based theory of motivation, focusing on basic human needs to relate to others in a group, to strive for

    competence, and to enjoy autonomy. According to Deci and Ryan (2002), social environments which fulfil these needs will

    result in motivated, engaged and successful individuals. Our students enjoy autonomy in their choice of topic and develop

    competence in research skills. Although each student conducts an individual project, they support each other throughout

    the program. The paper reports the findings of a survey of the participants in the 2012 cohort, identifying whether

    students perceived a difference before and after the research subject in their competence and confidence in conducting

    research. It reports the actions students considered had contributed to any differences, whether they were actions by the

    students themselves, by their fellow students or members of staff. The paper also discusses a staged approach to

    assessment in this research subject, and shares an example of a rubric for critical analysis. The paper concludes that

    creating a positive environment with support from staff and fellow students enhances motivation for current and future

    research. Limitations of the study include the small sample size. The paper offers some suggestions for further research,

    including replicating the study with larger samples.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • McCarthy, G. (2013). Sharing the research journey – fostering a love of research in coursework Masters students. In A. Mesquita & I. Ramos (Eds.), Proceedings of The 12th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (pp. 281-288). United Kingdom: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1398&context=gsbpapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/gsbpapers/391

Start Page


  • 281

End Page


  • 288

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Based on addressing the motivational needs identified in Self‐Determination Theory (Ryan & Deci, 2000), the

    paper outlines an engaging approach to developing research skills in a coursework masters program. Self‐Determination

    theory is a needs‐based theory of motivation, focusing on basic human needs to relate to others in a group, to strive for

    competence, and to enjoy autonomy. According to Deci and Ryan (2002), social environments which fulfil these needs will

    result in motivated, engaged and successful individuals. Our students enjoy autonomy in their choice of topic and develop

    competence in research skills. Although each student conducts an individual project, they support each other throughout

    the program. The paper reports the findings of a survey of the participants in the 2012 cohort, identifying whether

    students perceived a difference before and after the research subject in their competence and confidence in conducting

    research. It reports the actions students considered had contributed to any differences, whether they were actions by the

    students themselves, by their fellow students or members of staff. The paper also discusses a staged approach to

    assessment in this research subject, and shares an example of a rubric for critical analysis. The paper concludes that

    creating a positive environment with support from staff and fellow students enhances motivation for current and future

    research. Limitations of the study include the small sample size. The paper offers some suggestions for further research,

    including replicating the study with larger samples.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • McCarthy, G. (2013). Sharing the research journey – fostering a love of research in coursework Masters students. In A. Mesquita & I. Ramos (Eds.), Proceedings of The 12th European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (pp. 281-288). United Kingdom: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1398&context=gsbpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/gsbpapers/391

Start Page


  • 281

End Page


  • 288

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom