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ERIC Number: ED504965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Quality Criteria of Research Perceived by Academics in Social Sciences at Higher Education
Bakioglu, Aysen; Kurnaz, Ozlem
Online Submission, US-China Education Review v6 n3 p1-13 Mar 2009
The purpose of this study is to examine the problem of research quality in social sciences at higher education. Quality of research produced at higher education started to be questioned more often as research became the major factor determining academics' promotion and fund allocation to universities. In the study, we aimed to reveal how academics perceive research quality and what they identify as the main problems that make it difficult to achieve quality in research. Data were collected through interviews with 25 academics from 7 disciplines (educational sciences, sociology, communicational sciences, law, history, management and political science) in 7 universities. Six of the academics interviewed were professors, 7 were associate professors, 10 were assistant professors and 2 were doctors. Interviews were carried out in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 academic years, and each lasted about one hour on average. Data collected were analyzed through content analysis. Study findings revealed that academics referred most often to methodological issues as the most important quality criterion of research, followed by issues of theoretical background and originality. Academics definitions of sub-criteria related to these were tackled in more detail in the study. As the most important hindrances that make it difficult to achieve quality in research academics mentioned lack of a long-established research culture, problems of research resources and the pressure caused by academic promotion criteria. Some recommendations related to the problems were made to develop research quality in the light of the study findings.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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