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ERIC Number: ED415800
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 24
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Knowledge Production, Publication Productivity, and Intimate Academic Partnerships. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Creamer, Elizabeth G.
Individual interviews with 27 tenured faculty members who had coauthored one or more scholarly publications with a spouse or partner were conducted to identify patterns of collaboration associated with knowledge production and publication productivity. The study identified three patterns of collaboration: (1) short term usually a one-time effort for a single project where the partners' research areas temporarily intersected; (2) intermittent collaboration was more than once, but there were gaps of at least five years between collaborations; and (3) long term collaboration was sustained and consistent over 10 or more years. When asked how a partner contributed to research productivity, nearly all respondents indicated the advantage afforded by ease of access to informal feedback about work in progress. Participants who identified their collaborative partnerships as long term were most likely to view these relationships as impacting upon the quality and/or quantity of their publications. The institutional reward structure was often identified as a mitigating factor in suppressing the impact on collaborative productivity. Findings suggest that physical proximity of the collaborating partners results in reinforcement--provided by the access to on-going, informal feedback. (Contains 20 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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