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TitleAssessing the research experience of postgraduate student at a Hong Kong university
 
AuthorsZeng, LM
Webster, BJ
 
KeywordsStudent Research Experience Questionnaire
Validation
Hong Kong context
 
Issue Date2010
 
PublisherHigher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.
 
CitationThe 33rd International Conference of Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) 2010, Melbourne, Australia, 6-9 July 2010. In Research and Development in Higher Education Series, 2010, v. 33, p. 645–654 [How to Cite?]
 
AbstractThe Student Research Experience Questionnaire (SREQ) has been used in an Australian university to measure postgraduates’ research experiences for many years. Hong Kong is undergoing major education reform and for some universities instigating the systematic evaluation of student learning experiences at all levels. The aims of this study were to validate SREQ in a Hong Kong university and explore the effect of student research experiences on the perceived development of generic skills and overall satisfaction. Data were collected from 599 currently enrolled postgraduate students at a Hong Kong university. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis were used to determine the construct validity of the scales and the effects of student research experiences on the perceived development of generic skills. Overall satisfaction was explored using structural equation modelling. The results from exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses supported the scale structure of five SREQ scales in the Hong Kong context. The reliability estimates ranged from .88 to .93. The structural equation modelling indicated that supervision was a significant predictor of students’ perceived skill development and overall satisfaction. Infrastructure and intellectual climate had only significant contribution to overall satisfaction. The results suggested that the SREQ is a reliable and valid instrument for the measurement of research students’ research experience in the Hong Kong context. The data can provide important information about relationships between student research experiences and how to promote positive learning outcomes.
 
DescriptionConference theme: Reshaping Higher Education
 
ISBN0 908557 80 9
 
ISSN0156-8884
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dc.description.abstractThe Student Research Experience Questionnaire (SREQ) has been used in an Australian university to measure postgraduates’ research experiences for many years. Hong Kong is undergoing major education reform and for some universities instigating the systematic evaluation of student learning experiences at all levels. The aims of this study were to validate SREQ in a Hong Kong university and explore the effect of student research experiences on the perceived development of generic skills and overall satisfaction. Data were collected from 599 currently enrolled postgraduate students at a Hong Kong university. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis were used to determine the construct validity of the scales and the effects of student research experiences on the perceived development of generic skills. Overall satisfaction was explored using structural equation modelling. The results from exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses supported the scale structure of five SREQ scales in the Hong Kong context. The reliability estimates ranged from .88 to .93. The structural equation modelling indicated that supervision was a significant predictor of students’ perceived skill development and overall satisfaction. Infrastructure and intellectual climate had only significant contribution to overall satisfaction. The results suggested that the SREQ is a reliable and valid instrument for the measurement of research students’ research experience in the Hong Kong context. The data can provide important information about relationships between student research experiences and how to promote positive learning outcomes.
 
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dc.description.otherThe 33rd International Conference of Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) 2010, Melbourne, Australia, 6-9 July 2010. In Research and Development in Higher Education Series, 2010, v. 33, p. 645–654
 
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