Psychometric Analysis of a Proposed Model to Determine Factors Influencing Selection of a Research Supervisor

Ali Shafiq, S.P. Sharif, A. Jan

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This paper found some factors which influence research supervisees’ selection of their research supervisors.

Research on supervisor-supervisee relationship is mostly conducted when research students have already initiated their studies. Research on how a supervisor is selected before the research begins is researched less. How do supervisees select their supervisors? Which factors do they consider important? These questions were not clearly answered in the literature so far.

A scale was developed to measure factors which influence the selection of research supervisors. Using an online survey, data was collected from 315 research students in Malaysia between August and October 2018. Psychometric properties of the scale were assessed using exploratory factor analysis followed by confirmatory factor analysis. Construct reliability, convergent validity, and discriminant validity of the scale were assessed using composite reliability, maximal reliability, average variance extracted, and maximum shared variance.

How research supervisees select their supervisors is an understudied area. Most of the research on supervisor selection is done after the research journey has begun. This research focuses on the thought processes before supervisor selection.

Demographics, expertise, and physical appearance emerge as important constructs that influence the thought process of a research supervisee. Each of these constructs is composed of several dimensions, each with its own weight and importance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-304
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Doctoral Studies
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • AMOS
  • Postgraduate research
  • Research supervision
  • SEM
  • Supervisee-supervisor relationship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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