Investigating Students’ and Tutors’ Personal Constructs in Writing Research Proposals: Implications for Teaching and Learning
This paper is based on a research study on students’ and tutors’ personal constructs on writing research proposals. A personal construct repertory grid modified/developed by Jamilah, Bahiyah, Lee and Siti Hamin (2004) based on Kelly (1955), Riley (1985) and Jamilah (2001) is used to explore students’ and tutors’ personal thoughts, opinions and feelings. In this study, twenty undergraduate students doing their BA in English Language Studies at a local institute of higher learning in Malaysia of different proficiency levels (high, medial and low performance) were selected to participate. Two tutors who taught the Research Methodology course were also selected. The results show that students as well as tutors have their own constructs for writing research proposals and doing research. Based on the findings in this study, the implications in teaching and learning will be discussed.
||Academic Writing, Personal Construct Theory, Repertory Grid, Research Proposal
The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp.405-420.
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Associate Professor, School of Language and Linguistics Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
Bahiyah Abdul Hamid is an Associate Professor in the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Her areas of research are in language and gender, image analysis, identity construction, discourse analysis and corpus analysis.
Associate Professor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
Siti Hamin Stapa is an Associate Professor at the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She teaches Applied Linguistics courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the school. Her research interests are written literacy, genre analysis and contrastive rhetoric. She has presented and published her articles in the area of Applied Linguistics at major conferences and journals.
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
has a PhD in Language and Education from the University of Exeter, UK. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Her research interests include areas in Literacy, Language, Culture and Communication.
Lecturer, School of Language Studies and Linguistics, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
Fuzirah Hashim is a Lecturer at the School of Language Studies and Linguistics, UKM and has 21 years of teaching experience. She did her MA in ESP (English for Specific Purposes) at the University of Warwick in 1997 and is currently pursuing her post doctoral degree in Linguistics at the University of Malaya. Her research interests are in the Teaching of Adult Learners, Online Learning and Corpus-based Studies.
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