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ERIC Number: ED344911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Evaluation of an Instrument To Predict Successful Medical Researchers.
Hekelman, Francine P.; And Others
An instrument to measure the 13 personal characteristics of productive researchers described by C. J. Bland and others (1986, 1990) was developed and evaluated. The total eligible sample was 404 full-time assistant professor faculty members in the tenure track at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland (Ohio). A random sample of 100 respondents received a follow-up telephone call urging response to the survey developed for the study. A final sample was selected, consisting of 49 successful and 27 less successful researchers. Univariate analysis of the survey responses indicated that 62% of items significantly discriminated successful and less successful researchers. On the average, successful researchers exhibited more of the identified characteristics than did the less successful ones. Factor analysis identified four stable factors; only two were needed to achieve maximum discrimination--scholarly habits and research activities/environment. The two-factor approach identified 92% of the successful researchers and 93% of the less successful researchers. Eight characteristics measured by the two factors were: (1) research skills; (2) motivation; (3) adequate research time; (4) multiple projects; (5) vital networks; (6) external/internal orientation; (7) supportive departments; and (8) in-depth content knowledge. Implications for encouraging researchers are discussed. A 15-item list of references and two tables are included. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Assistant Professors; Case Western Reserve University OH