ERIC Number: EJ1082840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Academic Culture in Malaysia: Sources of Satisfaction and Frustration
Da Wan, Chang; Chapman, David W.; Zain, Ahmad Nurulazam Md; Hutcheson, Sigrid; Lee, Molly; Austin, Ann E.
Asia Pacific Education Review, v16 n4 p517-526 Dec 2015
This paper examines the sources of satisfaction and frustration among Malaysian academics across three types of higher education institutions (HEIs)--public research university, public comprehensive university and private non-profit university. Based on interview with 67 academics across six HEIs, there is a clear pattern and relationship between the sources of satisfaction and frustration and the types of institutions these academics were affiliated. The major sources of satisfaction are related to the nature of academic work, which includes supervising, mentoring, teaching and interacting with students, as well as conducting research and disseminating knowledge through publication. However, the major sources of frustration are predominantly related to the governance of higher education, resulting from unrealistic expectations, lack of transparency of the promotion and reward system, and a strong bureaucratic culture. The understanding of satisfaction and frustration has helped us to understand issues of morale, retention and, possibly, productivity of academics across these HEIs, and in turn, the understanding of these issues about academics has implications in understanding the governing structure of HEIs. Although this study is limited only to HEIs in Malaysia, the findings have wider implications in contributing to the understanding of governance and academic culture in the broader context of higher education.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Culture, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Higher Education, Public Colleges, Research Universities, Private Colleges, Job Satisfaction, Barriers, Supervision, Mentors, Teacher Student Relationship, Teacher Researchers, Information Dissemination, Writing for Publication, Governance, Expectation, Administrative Organization, Teacher Morale, Teacher Persistence, Productivity, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia
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