The Office of the Dean of Research and Industrial Linkages initiated PhD Thesis Talk engaging all M.Ed students and faculty members on 24th April in the College Auditorium. Although the speakers have shared their PhD thesis in different forums, it is the first of its kind to dedicate the session to M.Ed students.
The first speaker, Dr. Rinchen Dorji, President of the College presented his thesis titled An Investigation of Attitudes and Experiences of Implementing Inclusive Education in Bhutan: Perspectives of Teachers, Principals, and Past Students with Visual Impairment. Inclusive Education is generally understood as education that embraces differences and diversity relating to disability, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status culture and social class. “While pursuing PhD back in 2015, Inclusive education was quite a new subject in our country and there was hardly any literature available” shared Dr. Rinchen while talking on how to choose a topic which has to orient with one’s passion and inertia. He also shared the aims and objectives of his thesis, sample interview questions, data analysis and findings. Towards to end of the session, he specifically presented on how to use in-depth data analysis tools such as Leximancer and SPSS. Dr. Rinchen Dorji completed PhD from university of New England, Australia in 2017.
The second speaker, Dr. Tashi Gyeltshen, Assistant Professor from Language Department presented on the thesis titled The Nature of Academic Leadership at the Colleges of Royal University of Bhutan. According to his thesis, Royal University of Bhutan being a young institution in the country has derived leadership approaches from western countries such as USA. His findings also reveal that there is a shift from Autocratic leadership to a more Democratic and Relational leadership with the coming of younger generation of leaders. While sharing the significance of his study, Dr. Tashi Gyeltshen share, “The study establishes a basis for Academic Leadership and provides future research direction besides enriching literature on Buddhist-influenced leadership.” Proceeding with journal article format, his presentation included context of the study, literature review, methodology, findings and discussion, research contributions and recommendations. Dr. Tashi Gyeltshen completed his PhD from University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.
The talk was organized owing to its importance in higher Education and for M.Ed students whose study encompass major portion of research. “Such event will provide encouragement and confidence while carrying out research in real life”, ensured Dr. Ganeshman Gurung who is the Officiating Dean of Research and Industrial Linkages in his opening remark.
The College Research Committee plans to make Thesis Talk a biannual research event in the college.
Assistant Research Officer