Assessing the research experience of postgraduate students at a Hong Kong university

Zeng, L and Webster, B 2010, 'Assessing the research experience of postgraduate students at a Hong Kong university', in M. Devlin, J. Nagy and A. Lichtenberg (ed.) Proceedings of the 2010 Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia International Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 6-9 July 2010, pp. 645-654.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Assessing the research experience of postgraduate students at a Hong Kong university
Author(s) Zeng, L
Webster, B
Year 2010
Conference name 33rd HERDSA Annual International Conference 2010
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 6-9 July 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 2010 Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia International Conference
Editor(s) M. Devlin, J. Nagy and A. Lichtenberg
Publisher Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia
Place of publication Australia
Start page 645
End page 654
Total pages 10
Abstract The 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.
Keyword(s) Student Research Experience Questionnaire
validation
Hong Kong context
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