Asian Journal of Sociological Research https://globalpresshub.com/index.php/AJSR <p><strong>Asian Journal of Sociological Research</strong>&nbsp;aims to publish high-quality papers&nbsp;in all aspects of sociology and related areas. By not excluding papers on the basis of subject area, this journal facilitates the research and wishes to publish papers as long as they are technically correct and scientifically motivated.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</p> en-US Fri, 01 Mar 2024 13:00:31 +0000 OJS 3.3.0.12 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 The Perceptions of Students Who Dropped Out of their Doctoral Studies from Three Universities in Zimbabwe and their Implications for Practice https://globalpresshub.com/index.php/AJSR/article/view/1957 <p>The purpose of the study was to investigate the perception of students who dropped out of their Doctoral studies in three Zimbabwean universities. A qualitative research design was adopted. The data was collected from social net work groups and telephone interviews with 25 doctoral students who dropped out from their studies. The researcher held follow up open ended interviews with doctoral students who had dropped out. The qualitative data was analyzed thematically. The study established students who dropped out of their studies perceived that failure by institutions to address student-supervisor relationships, inadequate funding, addressing needs of underprepared students, lack of emotional support, lack of experience among supervisors and use of traditional approaches were main causes of students drop out. This study is the first of its kind in Zimbabwe to collect evidence from students who dropped out of their studies to inform doctoral training. The study recommended continuous professional development among supervisors, holding of constant workshops focusing on roles, guidelines on good practices on doctoral training, ensuring that supervisors are accessible; they provide timely feedback in a constructive way. The study further recommended fair and just approaches to handling of problems or grievances related to doctoral research supervision and provision of research grants to assist underprivileged students to complete their studies.</p> Farai Chinangure Copyright (c) 2024 Author(s). The licensee is the journal publisher. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. https://globalpresshub.com/index.php/AJSR/article/view/1957 Fri, 01 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0000 English Language Teachers' Perceptions of Using Students' First Language in English as a Foreign Language Classrooms https://globalpresshub.com/index.php/AJSR/article/view/1962 <p>This study investigated EFL teachers’ perceptions regarding students’ first language (Amharic) use in English classroom. A mixed methods study, utilizing quantitative data in the form of a Likert-scale questionnaire and qualitative data through semi-structured interview, was used for this study. Data were collected from 59 EFL teachers (all involved in the questionnaire and four out of them were interviewed) in four selected secondary schools. The study employed descriptive and thematic analysis for the questionnaire items and interview questions respectively. Findings revealed that the great majority of teachers were in favor of using Amharic while teaching English. They also acknowledged the potential benefits and expressed their concerns about drawbacks of L1 (Amharic) in English instruction. Contextual factors like students’ level of proficiency in English, deficiency of teacher training on L1 use and somehow teachers’ inadequate proficiency in English were among the elicited determining reasons as to how they perceive and apply L1 in classroom. In light of these findings, recommendations were made for teacher educators and EFL teachers themselves towards harnessing the potential of L1 in English classes.</p> Megbaru Motbaynor Copyright (c) 2024 Author(s). The licensee is the journal publisher. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. https://globalpresshub.com/index.php/AJSR/article/view/1962 Mon, 11 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0000