Year 2019, Volume 19 , Issue 82, Pages 137 - 168 2019-07-31

Factors Influencing Students’ Research Self-Efficacy: A Case Study of University Students in Malaysia

Racheal POH [1] , Abdul Ghani Bin KANESAN ABDULLAH [2]

Purpose: The main aim of the study was to investigate the relationship between research self-efficacy and the perception of the research training environment, interest in research, research mentoring experience, and research knowledge within a sample of Ph.D. students (N=120) at a local university in Malaysia.

Method: Correlation and regression analysis were employed to investigate the impact of research mentoring, research training environment, interest in research and research knowledge on research self-efficacy. Self-reported questionnaires and a research knowledge test were distributed to the Ph.D. students in the university to collect the data.

Findings: An apparent correlation was found between research self-efficacy, research training environment, interest in research and research mentoring while research self-efficacy was not correlated with research knowledge. Research training environment and interest in research contributed to 26 percent of the variance of change in research self-efficacy.

Implications for research and practice: Conducive environment in the institution fosters higher levels of research self-efficacy and encourage Ph.D. students’ research skills and development. Furthermore, the incorporation of research methodology as a compulsory course in the Ph.D. study serves to improve students’ research interest and knowledge. The self-efficacy theory helps to assist decision making in identifying future researchers in the institution.


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Author: Racheal POH

Author: Abdul Ghani Bin KANESAN ABDULLAH


Publication Date : July 31, 2019

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APA Poh, R , Kanesan Abdullah, A . (2019). Factors Influencing Students’ Research Self-Efficacy: A Case Study of University Students in Malaysia . Eurasian Journal of Educational Research , 19 (82) , 137-168 . Retrieved from
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Chicago Poh, R , Kanesan Abdullah, A . "Factors Influencing Students’ Research Self-Efficacy: A Case Study of University Students in Malaysia". Eurasian Journal of Educational Research 19 (2019 ): 137-168
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ISNAD Poh, Racheal , Kanesan Abdullah, Abdul Ghani Bin . "Factors Influencing Students’ Research Self-Efficacy: A Case Study of University Students in Malaysia". Eurasian Journal of Educational Research 19 / 82 (July 2019): 137-168 .
AMA Poh R , Kanesan Abdullah A . Factors Influencing Students’ Research Self-Efficacy: A Case Study of University Students in Malaysia. Eurasian Journal of Educational Research. 2019; 19(82): 137-168.
Vancouver Poh R , Kanesan Abdullah A . Factors Influencing Students’ Research Self-Efficacy: A Case Study of University Students in Malaysia. Eurasian Journal of Educational Research. 2019; 19(82): 137-168.
IEEE R. Poh and A. Kanesan Abdullah , "Factors Influencing Students’ Research Self-Efficacy: A Case Study of University Students in Malaysia", Eurasian Journal of Educational Research, vol. 19, no. 82, pp. 137-168, Jul. 2019