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Developing critical thinking capabilities for international postgraduate students in business management programmes

Andrew Widjaja
18 December 2020

Widjaja, A. (2020). Developing critical thinking capabilities for international postgraduate students in business management programmes. (A Professional Project report submitted in partial fulfilment of the degree of Master of Applied Management at Auckland International Campus, Otago Polytechnic) [PDF 2,229KB]

Abstract

This research aims to evaluate factors contributing to critical thinking capabilities for international postgraduate students to enhance their critical thinking capabilities for coping with present-day business and society as well as thrive into having successful future in study, professional work, and everyday life. Purposive sampling is used during the data collection. There were total of 26 participants which divided into selected 3 groups of participants (students, lecturers, managers) that interviewed in this qualitative study. Thematic analysis was implemented for data analysis in answering (1) factors that contribute to the barrier of development of critical thinking capabilities for international postgraduate students and (2) strategies that would help their improvement of critical thinking capabilities. The findings found the top six factors as barriers of critical thinking development for international postgraduate students: language barrier, cultural background, previous education system, time management, prior experience with critical thinking, and one-sided opinion. Three strategies for improving the development of critical thinking capabilities for international postgraduate students were recommended: pre-course strategies, in-course strategies, post-course strategies.

Key words: critical thinking, qualitative research, international students, barriers of critical thinking, postgraduate study, development of critical thinking

Andrew's Professional Project report was supervised by Edwin Rajah.

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