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Transferable skills for Ph.D. students to finish the journey

Sumarwati, S. and Yunos, J. M. and Ibrahim, B. (2017) Transferable skills for Ph.D. students to finish the journey. Advanced Science Letters, 23 (2). pp. 968-971. ISSN 19366612

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Human resources that possess higher education qualifications such as Ph.D. can be catalysts for new knowledge, a concept that allows for its application to solve problems, based on a variety of new research and development in science to advance the quality of society. This study was conducted to explore the elements of dominant transferable skills needed by students in Malaysia to develop their Ph.D. thesis successfully. Qualitative methods via semi-structured interviews were used in this study to obtain data. Respondents in this study were selected using purposive sampling. They comprised three experts from the field of education in Malaysia. Data was collected and analyzed through content analysis based on the semi-structured interviews between the researcher and the experts. Analysis was conducted via a process of transcribing and coding of data acquired during the interviews. Based on the data analysis, the findings of this study showed that there were eight elements of transferable skills that most affected the success of students in their Ph.D. thesis as well as the completion of their studies. The eight elements of transferable skills necessary for students to succeed in developing their Ph.D. thesis were: reading and critical thinking skills, researching skills, planning and management skills, technical research skills, ethical and moral skills, writing, communication and presentation skills, problem solving skills and intellectual independence skills. This study also found that if one of the elements of transferable skills was lacking in the Ph.D. student, the student would encounter problems in developing a thesis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ph.D. journey; Ph.D. students; transferable skills
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher education
Divisions: Faculty of Technical and Vocational Education > Department of Engineering Education
Depositing User: Mr. Mohammad Shaifulrip Ithnin
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2019 01:04
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2019 01:04
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/10810
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