Postgraduate students’ perceived and actual performance in critical reading skills / Arieff Shamida, Gurnam Kaur Sidhu and Sofwah Md Nawi

Shamida, Arieff and Sidhu, Gurnam Kaur and Md Nawi, Sofwah (2021) Postgraduate students’ perceived and actual performance in critical reading skills / Arieff Shamida, Gurnam Kaur Sidhu and Sofwah Md Nawi. Asian Journal of University Education (AJUE), 17 (3): 9. pp. 76-84. ISSN 2600-9749

Abstract

The democratization and commodification of education has witnessed an increase in postgraduate education as it is one of the main sources contributing to the advancement of knowledge, technology, and innovation. However, despite the significant rise in numbers, the returns at both the global and national levels have been low due to high attrition and low completion rates among the students. One among the numerous factors cited has been the postgraduate students’ limited competencies in language and research skills. In terms of language, postgraduate students are expected to possess good working knowledge of the English language and be able to read academic literature and write their thesis with acceptable standard of English. Therefore, the main aim of this paper was to assess postgraduate students’ perceived and actual performance in critical reading skills. This study involved a total of 50 postgraduate students from a private university in Malaysia. Data for this study were collected using a questionnaire and a reading test based on the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) Reading Examination Paper. The findings revealed that there was a significant difference between the two performances. Students held a higher perception of their ability when compared to their actual performance in critical reading skills. These results indicate that there is a need for innovative approaches to develop postgraduate students’ critical reading skills so that they can successfully complete their studies within the given duration and graduate on time.

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Item Type: Article
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Shamida, Arieff
UNSPECIFIED
Sidhu, Gurnam Kaur
gurnamgurdial@segi.edu.my
Md Nawi, Sofwah
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Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching (Principles and practice)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Study skills
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Teaching (Principles and practice) > Reading (General)
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor > Puncak Alam Campus > Faculty of Education
Journal or Publication Title: Asian Journal of University Education (AJUE)
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Asian Journal of University Education (AJUE)
ISSN: 2600-9749
Volume: 17
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 76-84
Keywords: Critical Reading, Performance, Postgraduate Students
Date: 2021
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/53819
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