Masters and PhD students keeping up-to-date with professional development

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Some countries have the requirement that PhD students must publish at least one article in a referred journal before being eligible to graduate.  A referred journal is a high caliber journal with a reputable board of scholars and a well-established publishing institution.

Kenya Commission for University Education in 2016 moved a step further by pushing up the level of research in universities and improving the quality of graduates by extending this requirement to the master’s degree students. This was done to ensure that the universities perform their role of teaching and undertaking research as their mandate dictates. Besides requirement of students to publish, some of other importance of publishing include, a requirement that all scientists must publish their work, increase the validity of research by publishing, for other scientists to reproduce your results and corroborate your claims, as a proof of good research by publishing in reputable journal, keeping score; a researcher accumulates a list of papers, that serves as a score sheet in awarding positions, promotions, and research grants among others.

Despite the importance of publishing in refereed journals, an article has to meet certain thresholds that include but not limited to a clear methodology, a sound theoretical apparatus with a neat analytic procedure and a good technical language acceptable to the journal in question.

Most students and some researchers encounter challenges in their writing of articles that include identifying appropriate research design, research methodology, data management, data analysis using appropriate statistical softwares, information on the refereed journal to publish their work and writing skills among others.

To bridge this gap, Indepth Research Services (IRES) provide research related services to masters and PhD students as well as researchers.

IRES Support services for postgraduate (Masters and PhD) students who engage in research

  • Ensuring that the proposed research investigation is designed to address the research objectives within the resource limitations as efficiently as possible
  • Identify best practices for data management prior to the start of data collection
  • Identifying suitable statistical methods that will address study objectives
  • Training on data analysis using appropriate statistical software
  • Training on reliable and evidence based conclusions that can be drawn from the analysis as well as best-practice presentation of results.
  • Advice on the design of your data collection instrument (questionnaire)
  • Advice on how to approach the analysis of data collected in your research investigation
  • Assistance with the meaningful interpretation of the statistical results of your analysis
  • Guidance on how best to enter, store and manage your data on the compute
  • assistance in solving more complex statistical problems connected with your research
  • Data Analysis and inference testing
  • Hands-on workshops in statistical and qualitative data analysis software (current topics include SAS, Stata, SPSS and R studio)

By: Edith Wairimu

Research Officer – IRES Kenya

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