ERIC Number: ED216651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Research on Postsecondary Education in Canada: A Review for the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Information on organizations and individuals involved in research on postsecondary education (PSE) in Canada was obtained through a survey of 435 organizations, a survey of 817 individuals, and through requests for information appearing in two publications. Methods of disseminating research results on the role of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada were also examined. Research on PSE covers reflective inquiry and scholarship, empirical investigation, and critical analysis. Within the universities, such research is undertaken by academics and graduate students in faculties of education, especially in centers for the study of PSE, but much more is done in other faculties and departments, notably economics, sociology, psychology, and history. It is estimated that throughout Canada there are roughly 750 individuals engaged in research on aspects of PSE, about a third of them full time. The full-time researchers are primarily analysts in university and college institutional research groups or government departments and agencies. Almost all of the academics involved are part-time PSE researchers and for the majority of them, PSE is an area of secondary interest. The only scholarly association for which PSE is a matter of central interest is the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE). More long-term studies are needed and more that are interprovincial or national in scope. A lack of agreement on major themes and a lack of an integrating agent is noted, and it is recommended that CSSHE serve as a integrating agent. Recommendations to the CSSHE and to the SSHRC are included. The questionnaires and a list of respondents are appended. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Agency Role, Coordination, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Improvement Programs, Information Dissemination, Institutional Research, Linking Agents, Organizations (Groups), Postsecondary Education, Professional Associations, Questionnaires, Research and Development Centers, Researchers, Scholarship
Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education, c/o Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2, Canada.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education.
Identifiers: Canada; Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education; Social Sciences Humanities Research Council Canada