Mary Hatakka

Department: Postgraduate Studies
Discipline: Education
Research Centre/Unit: Dubai

Project Summary

The main concern of my EdD thesis are the challenges that first year engineering students face in acquiring academic literacy skills in an English-medium environment. I also aim to find out whether there are any significant differences in the ways that successful and non-successful students approach written assignments.

Supervisory Team

Dr Susan Riley

Dr David Palfreyman

Wider Research Interests

Critical thinking, study skills, transitional skills, cross-cultural issues, academic and social engagement in higher education

Authored Publications/Reports

Hatakka, Mary Ragnhild and Merrifield, Michael (2009) Individual Skills Development in an Integrated Engineering Design and Communication Course in a Middle Eastern Engineering College, The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management., 6, 10/pp 71-83

Hatakka, Mary Ragnhild (2009) Research and Engineering Students: Teacher beliefs about context-based, situated learning, 14th TESOL Arabia Conference Proceedings, 170-181

Hatakka, Mary Ragnhild (2007) Project Mangement Skills through Learning Cycles, The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 10/6, 61-66