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Multidisciplinary Research and Reviews

Science Education Graduates’ Difficulties in Conducting Undergraduate Research

Abstract

The researcher's role is shaping policies and communicating with the public. The purpose of this study is to enlighten the students who have difficulties in conducting their own research. The study involved 20 SEGs. Comprehensive sampling was implemented. Data gathering done online. Findings revealed that among the five phases, Phase 2 (proposal writing) and Phase 4 (data analysis and interpretation) were considered difficult for the graduates wherein a significant difference when respondents are grouped according to specialization. Thematic analysis was done to treat the qualitative data. Three themes emerged in the category, other difficulties experienced. These include research- related difficulties; respondent- related difficulties; and advisee and adviser-related difficulties. As to suggestions to overcome the difficulties, three themes were generated [1]. observance of time management [2], use of cognitive approach in research; and [3] establishment of good communication between advisee and adviser. The study concluded that the SEGs faced difficulty in the five phases. The study recommends a workshop which accentuates conceptualization, techniques in reviewing related literature, and analyzing data may be spearheaded by the college. Finally, advisee-adviser mentoring program may be institutionalized to produce high quality researches geared towards improving teacher education in the country.

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