ERIC Number: ED107166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Career Age and Research-Professional Activities of Academic Scientists.
Bayer, Alan E.; Dutton, Jeffrey E.
This paper provides a broad reexamination of the correlates of faculty age, incorporating several measures of research activity and other related professional achievement variables. The data are derived from a large-scale, nationally representative survey of college and university faculty members; analyses are based on a subsample of all doctorate level teaching faculty in seven major representative scientific areas--physics, biochemistry, earth sciences, chemical engineering, experimental psychology, economics, and sociology. While much of the research focuses either on one discipline or on a broad aggregate of diverse fields, the present study analyzes each discipline separately, consistent with earlier research, which has shown substantial cross-field difference in research-professional activities. Additionally, no single model of aging is proposed a priori. Rather, a series of plausible mathematical models are postulated and tested. The compelling conclusion is that career age (and possibly tenure status) is a poor predictor of research-professional activity. (Author/KE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. RANN Program.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., March 30-April 3, 1975)