ERIC Number: EJ826832
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
The Role of Master's Institutions in Developing Researchers: Rethinking the Master Plan
Rikli, Roberta E.
Quest, v61 n1 p59-73 Feb 2009
In our increasingly complex society, research and research training in master's institutions is just as critical as in doctoral programs, but with a different emphasis and purpose. In PhD institutions, research programs are generally considered to be for the purpose of advancing knowledge in the discipline and helping to prepare the next generation of university professors. In master's institutions, the primary purpose of research and research training is to facilitate the application of knowledge and to provide advanced educational, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills for graduates who will become the next generation of community leaders, most of whom will not pursue doctoral work. In this article I will (1) review the educational and social importance of research at master's institutions, (2) point out how the nationwide appeal for research engagement at all levels of higher education tends to be at odds with traditional higher education master plans and state funding formulas, (3) discuss the different purposes of research at doctoral versus master's institutions, (4) suggest strategies for increasing research productivity at master's institutions, and (5) offer take-home messages for master's institutions, doctoral institutions, and for state funding agencies.
Descriptors: Role of Education, Funding Formulas, Higher Education, Doctoral Programs, Master Plans, Masters Programs, Researchers, Research, Educational Finance, Resource Allocation, Research Utilization, Physical Education, Educational Policy
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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