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American Journal of Educational Research. 2016, 4(6), 484-487
DOI: 10.12691/education-4-6-7
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Undergraduates and Interest in Doing Research: Study Based on Bachelor of Commerce Undergraduates

Vilani Sachitra1,

1Department of Commerce, Faculty of Management Studies and Commerce, University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Pub. Date: April 28, 2016

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Vilani Sachitra. Undergraduates and Interest in Doing Research: Study Based on Bachelor of Commerce Undergraduates. American Journal of Educational Research. 2016; 4(6):484-487. doi: 10.12691/education-4-6-7


Scholarly components are more essential to the modern tertiary education, especially concern on management studies. Research competence is very important in relating to apply obtained knowledge in creative ways and create new knowledge. Current market requirements require at least minimum research competencies in order to endure the changes in technological and human resource. In recent times it has been identified that undergraduates’ interest towards engaging with a research is getting declined. The main intention of the study is to investigate the effect of beliefs, self-efficacy, attitudes, and motivation on undergraduates' interests in doing research. The present study is of exploratory and descriptive in nature. One hundred and eighty undergraduates from Department of Commerce who had already completed research methodology course unit were participated in the study. All students were invited to voluntary participation to answer the structured questions. Undergraduates’ responses were analyzed through mean comparison using SPSS version 21. Undergraduates believe research as stressful, complicated and difficult task, and generally they have negative attitudes towards research. Since they have knowledge and skill required to do research, language barrier and lack of academic support need to be conquered.

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