Quality of Postgraduate Research Supervision and Training: A Mixed-Method Student Perspective

Petronella Jonck, Eben Swanepoel

Abstract


The primary aim of the research reported on in this article was to pilot a measuring instrument to determine postgraduate
students’ perception of postgraduate supervision with specific reference to the research component thereof. The sample
consisted out of 34 postgraduate students from various higher education institutions in South Africa subsuming masters-,
doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. The measuring instrument that was piloted was based on the G3S-SP scale that
measure health sciences graduate students’ perception of quality of supervision. The abridged version used in this study
included an introductory section as well as open-ended questions. Statistical analysis indicated that the three subscales as well
as the total scale have a Cronbach Alpha coefficient of 0.94. Factor analysis revealed a five-factor structure accounting for
76.42% of the variance. Pearson’s-product moment correlation indicated that all the aspects measured had moderate to strong
correlations with each other. It is recommended that the study be used as a basis for further investigation.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2016.v7n2p259


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