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ERIC Number: EJ778787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 22
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0094-1956
Research, Publishing, and Tenure among Texas Biologists
Salehi, Faiz
Journal of Instructional Psychology, v34 n3 p177-188 Sep 2007
This study examined opinions toward research among biology faculty in Texas institutions of higher learning. The objectives of the study were to determine what the viewpoints of Texas biology faculty were toward research according to faculty rank and institutional type. Mailed questionnaire approach was used in this study to collect data. Instrument was developed to assess perspectives toward research. Seven hundred-and-forty-two individuals participated in the study. Major findings of this study were: a) more than half of the participants (59%) showed positive opinions toward research, b) approximately 40% of the biology faculty of all ranks in Texas reported that publications used for tenure and promotion at their institutions are just counted, not qualitatively evaluated, c) more than 56% of the biology faculty of all ranks in Texas institutions believed that it is difficult in their department to achieve tenure if one does not publish, d) almost one-third (31%) of the biology faculty in Texas indicated that the pressure to publish reduces the quality of teaching in their department, and e) sixteen percent of the biology faculty from all institutions of higher learning in Texas revealed that research is frowned upon by administrators on their campus. (Contains 3 figures and 14 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas