More than one month has passed …

So much for being consistent in updating my posts, huh?

Been super busy finalising the questionnaire that I really totally forgot about blogging!

Had my SV meeting 9 May 2014 without Eimear 😦

Could go ahead with pre-testing it but Andrew suggested a focus group to carry out Q-Sort activity. Also needed to add the Surrey logo and change a few items on the questionnaire. The pre-tested version is this – Pre-Test Hostel_Experience_in_Malaysia. Contacted some friends for the Focus Group but I am really desperate to have the Q-Sort done individually as not everyone is free at the same time (eg. confirmation meetings coming up!)

Before the pre-test version, I had to define the dimensions of SI that i wanted to measure. Originally, there were two categorizations based on Murphy’s (2001?) backpacker article. I had some items already written but it was hard to categorise them to personal and functional aspects. Alhamdulillah, on 13 may 2014, I read up on cruise articles and CCI and stumbled upon Huang & Hsu’s category – superficial/spontaneous/deep interaction. It suited my CIT findings perfectly! I thank Allah for this as it was the same day I was fasting and did the Dhuha just before going to the office. He is the Greatest and it is all His Ilham!

Here’s the final SI categorisation which I email to all SVs – G2G Interaction – LEVELS and measurement plus the Draft1 Q Sort Instructions. However, none of them emailed me back so I can’t really go ahead with anything yet.

Asked Chris for a quick chat with Andrew (10am tomorrow). Hopefully he’ll say ok. The next meeting on 27 May will be about the new R.Objectives and Hypotheses as this will determine the statistical analysis I’ll need to get familiar with. Plus, I might get asked in the CHME Conference 28-30 May 2014 at the University of Derby-Buxton. The poster’s been sent for printing – Poster Jasmine Rashid Radha – CHME Conference 2014

One more thing to report, had a nice chat during bfast at Chancellor’s with k. Sarene! She had her viva Dec last year (2013) and is back here to send her corrections and have it binded. Alhamdulillah, her boss nominated her for an IAEA meeting in Vienna that provides travel allowance for her. She used it to come to Surrey and sort out her thesis stuff. Good for her 🙂



New CF and 3rd draft questionnaire

Just a quick post to upload the work I have done today and yesterday. Monday was mainly looking up past cruise articles and hostelling experience to finalize the servicescape and social interaction constructs. Did a bit of work on the questionnaire based on Andrew’s comments:

  1. Less categories of ages – This is based on Hecht & Martin and Cave et al’s findings that younger guests prefer social aspects of hostelling but older guests don’t mind paying more for privacy.
  2. Education –  Less categories. Need to show professional young adults are choosing hostels for reasons that are different from students. Hecht & Martin (?) states that well-educated guests expect and demand higher standards and maybe more privacy.
  3. Employment status to include full-time, part-time, unemployed, retiree, student and others. This info relates to characteristics of flashpackers as well as the changing demographics of backpackers/hostel guests.
  4. Added ‘Total nights in Malaysian hostel’
  5. Took out completely ‘Accommodation type typically used’ as it wasn’t relevant to the research
  6. Leave ‘Guest-to-guest’ interaction scales for now as more reading is needed plus findings from CIT.
  7. Took out Guests’ Behaviours as it was overlapping with Section Five (Fellow Guests)
  8. Must justify why OCP (Other Customers’ Perception) should be included
  9. SEE is fine but need justification why it is appropriate to adapt seeing that the original research was conducted in a hedonic setting using sporting events. Hostels are utilitarian, so opposite to hedonic.

Anyway, here’s the rough 3rd draft survey questions.

This morning, I collected the printed articles from yesterday. Mostly on tourist-to-tourist interaction. Can’t really remember why I suddenly decided to work on the revised CF! Probably after going through Musa & Thirumoorthi’s article to finalize the questionnaire items, I quickly printed out their CF to compare to mine. Then read the article on social and physical atmospherics in sporting events that had a similar CF to mine. It made sense to carry on with the CF and then use this as a base for my survey items. Anyway, here’s the CF to-date: NEW CF with SI as MEDIATOR with REF

So now, at 2.07pm the aim is to finish with transcribing the OZ couple in Reggae Hostel. Azha needs me to go home early and sort out the car rental for his parents’ trip.

UPDATE at 5.15pm – Finished the transcript for OZ couple! Yay! Alhamdulillah. Tidied up the ‘recordings’ title name and made a new folder for it. Gonna start the next transcribing tomorrow – The Moroccan Guy in OPG.

Azha’s coming to campus with the kids to play near the lake. Nice weather so better make the most out of it. Azha thought the concert was today instead of tomorrow so that’s why he asked to sort out the car today. Nyanyuknyaa.

Progress after one day of blogging

Yesterday (Monday 24 March 2014) I have managed to:

  • Send Alison a draft of Chapter One: Introduction so she can give feedback on my writing. Made some changes from the confirmation report based on Alison’s suggestions in the last tutorial as well as incorporating Scott’s comments. I’m hoping that I have covered all the contents that is required for this chapter. This is what I sent her
  • Written up a ‘Writing Target’ in terms of no. of words to be achieved for each thesis chapter. Looked up a few thesis plus the ‘How to do PhD’ books to decide on the word count to be achieved. I have included the different sections of my confirmation report as part of the word count. Here’s the file: Writing Targets

Next on my to do list:

  • Improve questionnaire after SV meeting. Possibly add more servicescape items, esp the ones related to hostels (Refer Musa & Thirumoorthi etc) and take out personality items?
  • Redo CF without the moderators (if agreed by Andrew, Leon and Eimear!)
  • Re-write the Intro Chapter with new Research Objectives
  • Draft LR structure based on CF
  • Draft RM structure, especially interview part

The list does keep getting longer!