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ERIC Number: EJ918347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0729-4360
Chinese TEFL Academics' Perceptions about Research: An Institutional Case Study
Bai, Li; Millwater, Jan
Higher Education Research and Development, v30 n2 p233-246 Apr 2011
Research capacity building has become a prominent theme in higher education institutions in China, as across the world. However, Chinese TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) academics' research capacity has been quite limited. In order to build their research capacity, it is necessary to understand their perceptions about research. This case study focuses on TEFL academics in a Chinese research university with the purpose of describing their motivation to conduct research, the value they accorded to research and their views about the institutional research requirements. Six TEFL academics from the sample university were interviewed. The findings indicate that the Chinese TEFL academics' research endeavour was driven by external and internal needs. Research was recognised as having a multi-dimensional value, but various concerns were expressed about the institutional research requirements. The findings suggest several implications for institutional and departmental research administrators to further support TEFL academics' research capacity building.
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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: China