Unearthing the Gaps of Disserations: Input for Institutional Research Policy Formulation


  • Cristina Battung Natividad


One of the key objectives of this study was to discover gaps and inconsistencies in dissertations prepared by Cagayan State University graduate students enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy in Education with a concentration in Educational Administration program. Using qualitative content analysis of dissertations, the researchers were able to identify characteristics and gaps that needed to be addressed in order to enhance dissertation writing management practices. Ninety-two (92) of the 124 dissertations were subjected to full enumeration in order to conduct content analysis. On the basis of three different experts' assessments of the gaps in the dissertations, a round-table discussion was held to obtain a consensus on the gaps. An Auditors' Focus Group Discussion was held following that, in which the auditors, together with the researcher and her consultant, participated (FGD). This results in the reduction of over-researched titles and themes, the identification of specialists to serve as consultants, and the establishment of the direction of investigations. Additionally, it is advised that the graduate school establish a plan for graduate students to meet with their advisers and statisticians. In addition, the strategy should take into consideration a system model of research supervision, which includes a defined set of stages as well as stringent oversight methods. The issue of irregular consultations must be resolved by both parties coming to an agreement on how frequently students should consult in order to put an end to it. Their face-to-face meetings are no longer necessary because they can connect with one another through online tools and services.