Perception of the difficulties of international postgraduate students writing research proposal

  • Dorcas Oteng Acheampong Nanjing Tech University, School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Nanjing, 211800, China
Keywords: Research proposal; international postgraduate students; writing difficulties

Abstract

International postgraduate candidates of Universities in Nanjing come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. These students face several problems especially in writing the research proposals. The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions of postgraduate students in writing the research proposal. The quantitative research design was used which involved the use of online questionnaires. A sample of 320 international postgraduate students and 20 supervisors selected at random from Universities in Nanjing were used for the study. Study findings  pinpoint  towards  the  general problems  to international postgraduate  students  research  proposal  writing  skills. Grounded on the results, the researcher makes the conclusion that identifying research gaps, reviewing and criticising literature, and finding enough evidence to support the research proposal are major problems for most postgraduate students in writing the research proposal. The study further concludes that these problems are due to lack of research materials, time constraints, low level of engagement with supervisors and hostile attitude of some supervisors. Understanding the language and concept of research is not a reason for postgraduate difficulties in research proposal as identified by other literatures. In this regard, the solutions to these problems for postgraduate students are effective supervision, students cultivating the habit of reading sufficient literatures, supervisors giving equal attention to international postgraduate students, ample time for research, timely feedback and availability of supervisors.

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Published
2021-03-31
How to Cite
Oteng Acheampong, D. (2021). Perception of the difficulties of international postgraduate students writing research proposal. International Journal of Humanities and Innovation (IJHI), 4(1), 17-24. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.33750/ijhi.v4i1.103
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