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ERIC Number: EJ889560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-1195-4353
A Framework for Research at Canadian Colleges
Fisher, Roger
College Quarterly, v12 n4 Fall 2009
With the advent of the post-industrial 21st century knowledge-based economy and the demands of global competitiveness, Canada's community colleges are under increased pressure to extend their historical mandates (of career-related education and regional economic development) by incorporating "research", especially "applied research," into their traditional programs. The recent dramatic growth of college research cultures in response to these pressures, however, is occurring in an unsystematic and uncoordinated manner. The purpose of this article is to propose a comprehensive, integrated framework that provides clarity, focus, and direction for building a productive and sustainable research culture at Canadian colleges. For this purpose, a conceptual analysis of research models in higher education is conducted, leading to a working model that subsequently is used to analyze the implications of building a research culture specifically adapted for Canadian colleges. The six attributes of the working model ("research purpose, research forms, research governance, research personnel, research funding," and "research output") are revised accordingly, and a framework is proposed that reflects and accommodates the unique circumstances in which research is evolving at Canadian colleges. (Contains 2 figures.)
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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: Canada