Research Titles – Language / Communication / Social Sciences

Master’s Degree

Faculty Title / Summary Supervisor
Faculty of Management (FOM), Cyberjaya Campus Improving Students’ Math Anxiety, Resilience and Achievement using Learner Growth Model

This project looks into how the learner growth model can assist teachers in helping students with various mathematical ability to stay in the growth zone. The learner growth model has 3 zones, namely, anxiety zone, growth zone and comfort zone. The actual learning and knowledge and skills improvement take place in the growth zone. Based on learner zones, the effectiveness of teaching style and materials used for different groups of students will be investigated. The relationship between teachers’ teaching styles, students’ math anxiety, resilience and achievement will be explored.

Note: To start immediately in 2021; preferably full-time

Dr. Ruzanna Bt Ab Razak

ruzanna.razak@mmu.edu.my

Faculty of Business (FOB), Melaka Campus Framework for Effective Cervical Cancer Awareness to Prevent and Early Detection among Malaysian

This study investigates factors that influence cervical cancer awareness among Malaysian women. By doing this research, it will expected the increasing number of women to do pap-smear test in future so that cervical cancer can be detected at the earlier stage. The significant impact would be the number of women died due to cervical cancer can be reduced.

Ms. Shadia Binti Suhaimi

shadia.suhaimi@mmu.edu.my

 

Ph.D.

Faculty Title / Summary Supervisor
Faculty of Applied Communication (FAC), Cyberjaya Campus Fake News Through Social Media: A Malaysian Perspective in Curbing Disinformation & Misinformation

I wish to explore the area of Strategic Communication as the preferred field for doctoral study. As we all are aware, the issue of fake news is considered a crisis in communication. The term “Fake News”, has been gaining the attention from societies all over the world since the end of 2016. For instance, there has been a spike in the usage of the term by leaders around the world (Gabbatt, 2018). Although the colloquial term is widely used, it is only a fraction of a larger phenomenon called Disinformation and Misinformation, which are under the umbrella of ‘Information Disorder’. The three types of Information Disorder are described below (Wardle & Derakhshan, 2017), according to First Draft News, the truth-seeking non-profit based at Harvard’s Shorenstein Centre. 1. Misinformation: Information that is false, but not created with the intention of causing harm 2. Disinformation: Information that is false and deliberately created to harm a person, social group, organisation or country 3. Mal-information: Information that is based on reality, used to inflict harm on a person, organisation or country.

The research aims to answer 3 main research questions; focuses on 1. What are the Information Disorder on Social Media, 2. What are the States Responses in Countering Disinformation and Misinformation and 3. What are the Malaysia’s Perspectives: Digital Landscape, Misinformation Trend and current Approaches as well as the way forward for Malaysia

According to Moonyati (2019) there is room for improvement to address the above problems in protecting and stabilizing the information ecosystem. There are four proposed areas of improvement: 1) enhancing current legal responses 2) developing digital literacy 3) heightening the accountability of social media platforms, 4) strengthening the fact-checking mechanism.This research will adopt mix method of both quantitative and qualitative method to analyse and report the findings.

Dr. Mokhtarrudin Bin Ahmad

mokhtarrudin@mmu.edu.my

Faculty of Management (FOM), Cyberjaya Campus Reception of Government News through Social Media

News are often disseminated via online social media. However, there are prejudices and obstacles towards the reception and acceptance of the news. This research explores the prejudices existing in Asia and suggest that government and media practitioners take this into consideration.

Dr Patrick Soh Chin Hooi

chsoh@mmu.edu.my