PROBLEMS EMERGING FROM THE PRACTICING OF RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES AMONG POST GRADUATE STUDENTS IN NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES
Bayero University (NIGERIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: INTED2010 Proceedings
Publication year: 2010
Conference name: 4th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 8-10 March, 2010
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:The on-going debates and conflicts between defenders of the quantitative research approach and advocates of the qualitative approach to research tends to leave the post graduate students in dilemma and disillusioned as to which approach to used in their research process. However, the advent of mixed method as the third approach to research tend to become a panacea to the problems faced by the post graduate students on the one hand, while in the other hand its becomes a worrisome at the end of their final examination. This paper presents the summary of difficulties experienced by Post graduate students in using either of the approaches i.e. quantitative, qualitative and mixed method. Questionnaire was the only instrument used for the data collection. The population of the study comprises only post graduate students sampled from different faculties in the 18 selected federal universities in Nigeria. The findings shows majority of the respondents indicated that they usually found themselves in a dilemma on which approach to take. Many of the post graduate students showed that they have to make uninformed choice of which approach to use in their research thesis/dissertations. However, some of the respondents revealed most of the time they are preyed upon by self-centered biased decision of or imposition from their supervisors. The further the findings shows that majority of the students used quantitative research more, while mixed method was the least research approach used by the post graduate students in Nigeria university. The results showed that this approach is still not popular among the students and the researchers. Finally the paper concludes that there is serious re-orientation needed for both students and academic on the research methodology in Nigerian universities.
Keywords: Research methodology, quantitative, qualitative, mixed method, post graduate students.