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Assessment of the influence of cultural barriers to HDR supervision of non-English speaking background (NESD) students in engineering and information technology (IT) disciplines

Gudimetla, Prasad, Yarlagadda, Prasad K., Sahama, Tony R., & Woodman, Karen (2010) Assessment of the influence of cultural barriers to HDR supervision of non-English speaking background (NESD) students in engineering and information technology (IT) disciplines. In Butdee, Suthep, Sapsaman, Temsiri, & Yarlagadda, Prasad K. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 10th Global Congress on Manufacturing and Management - Innovative Design for Sustainability In Manufacturing and Management, King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok, Thailand, Century Park Hotel, Bangkok, pp. 51-56.

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    Abstract

    The paper details the results of the first phase of an on-going research into the sociocultural factors that influence the supervision of higher degrees research (HDR) engineering students in the Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering (BEE) and Faculty of Science and Technology (FaST) at Queensland University of Technology. A quantitative analysis was performed on the results from an online survey that was administered to 179 engineering students. The study reveals that cultural barriers impact their progression and developing confidence in their research programs. We argue that in order to assist international and non-English speaking background (NESB) research students to triumph over such culturally embedded challenges in engineering research, it is important for supervisors to understand this cohort's unique pedagogical needs and develop intercultural sensitivity in their pedagogical practice in postgraduate research supervision. To facilitate this, the governing body (Office of Research) can play a vital role in not only creating the required support structures but also their uniform implementation across the board.

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    ID Code: 39675
    Item Type: Conference Paper
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    Keywords: Non-English speaking background (NESB), Higher Degrees Research (HDR), Research Supervision, Research Culture, Communication
    ISBN: 9780980582734
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING (091000) > Manufacturing Safety and Quality (091008)
    Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING (091000) > Manufacturing Engineering not elsewhere classified (091099)
    Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
    Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
    Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
    Past > Schools > Information Systems
    Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
    Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Global Congress on Manufacturing and Management Board
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    Deposited On: 09 Feb 2011 08:18
    Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:28

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