ERIC Number: ED446686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
With Passion and Hope: The Delicate Bond between Research and Researcher. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
McClafferty, Karen A.
This paper describes a study of the factors that motivate researchers toward particular topics as well as the obstacles that may keep them from pursuing these topics with passion and empathy. Interviews were conducted with 47 faulty members at 2 California research universities, 1 public and 1 private. In keeping with the grounded theory approach, an iterative process was used for data analysis. Although this was not intended to be a study of emotions in academic work, the open-ended protocol ensured that issues salient to the respondents would emerge. The passions and personal connections that motivated these educational researchers were unmistakable. Strong drives for social or educational change were tempered, however, by circumstance and process, especially the pressures of working in an organization in which individuals are expected to work toward promotion and tenure. The tenure process emerged as the strongest indicator of whether these researchers experienced constraints as they set their research agendas. Assistant and associate professors were more likely to think of their work with passion and resolve. The data reveal the complex way in which motivations and constraints interact as new faculty find their place in the academy. (Contains 54 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) (Sacramento, CA, November 16-19, 2000).