Undergraduate Research Supervision in Social Studies and Religious Education: The Case of Primary Colleges of Education in Botswana

  • Boikhutso K
  • Dinama B
  • Kebabope S
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Abstract

This paper explored the myriad problems associated with undergraduate research supervision in social studies and religious education using one of the primary Colleges of Education near Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana as a case study. The study applied qualitative research involving interviews and focus group interviews to solicit information from eight college lecturers and ten final year students doing research in Religious Education and Social Studies. The respondents were purposively selected on the basis that they would provide rich data on the supervision of research projects. Additional information was generated through document and content analysis. The findings revealed that supervisors and student teachers at undergraduate level experience a large array of problems related to research capacity. The students, for example lacked presentation skills which has resulted in failure to present original work. There is also evidence of a relatively inadequate supervisory skills by college lecturers in terms of executing their supervision duties. The study concludes by calling for both supervisors and their supervisees to consider undergraduate research as a two-way process which requires expertise and adequate skills.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Botswana
  • Case Studies
  • College Faculty
  • Content Analysis
  • ERIC, Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE
  • Educational Research
  • Focus Groups
  • Foreign Countries
  • Higher Education
  • Interviews
  • Postsecondary Education
  • Qualitative Research
  • Religious Education
  • Research Skills
  • Social Studies
  • Student Attitudes
  • Student Research
  • Student Teacher Attitudes
  • Student Teachers
  • Supervision
  • Supervisor Supervisee Relationship
  • Teacher Attitudes
  • Undergraduate Students

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Authors

  • Keene Boikhutso

  • Baamphatlha Dinama

  • Santudu Kebabope

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