Exploring faculty reading and research behaviors in a public and a private university: case-study Cuenca, Ecuador

In light of recent changes in Ecuador?s higher education system that are aimed at enhancing the universities? academic performance and thereby their ability to help address the country?s socioeconomic problems and contribute to the country?s growth, this article reports on a study that investigated...

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spelling oai:localhost:28000-27752017-04-11T18:45:21Z Exploring faculty reading and research behaviors in a public and a private university: case-study Cuenca, Ecuador Van Hoof, Hubert FACULTY READING RESEARCH BEHAVIORS EXPLORATY INVESTIGATION RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION PRODUCTIVITY In light of recent changes in Ecuador?s higher education system that are aimed at enhancing the universities? academic performance and thereby their ability to help address the country?s socioeconomic problems and contribute to the country?s growth, this article reports on a study that investigated the research and reading behaviors of faculty members in a private and a public university in Cuenca, Ecuador. An analysis of the self-reported reading and research behaviors of 129 professors in both universities revealed that professors are poorly prepared to conduct research and are even less familiar with publishing its results in peer reviewed journals. Hardly any differences in faculty reading and research behaviors were observed between both universities. Additionally, no significant differences in research productivity were detected between those professors who held graduate degrees and those who did not. The article concludes that greater research and publication expectations need to be placed on professors with advanced degrees, in particular those holding doctoral degrees. The latter should take on leadership roles in the universities? research efforts. However, to make this happen Ecuador?s universities need to take steps to reduce faculty involvement in teaching, provide adequate resources and create an infrastructure that is truly conducive to research growth. This process will be further enhanced if a reward system for research and publication is in place. En vista de los recientes cambios en el sistema de educaci?n superior del Ecuador que est?n dirigidos a mejorar el rendimiento acad?mico de las universidades y por lo tanto su capacidad para ayudar a resolver los problemas socio-econ?micos del pa?s y contribuir a su crecimiento, este art?culo informa sobre un estudio que investig? las actitudes de investigaci?n y de lectura de los miembros del profesorado en una universidad privada y p?blica en Cuenca, Ecuador. Un an?lisis auto-centrado de las conductas de lectura y de investigaci?n de 129 profesores de ambas universidades revel? que los profesores no est?n bien preparados para llevar a cabo la investigaci?n y no est?n incluso muy familiarizados con el proceso de publicaci?n de sus resultados en revistas revisadas por pares acad?micos. Casi no se observaron diferencias en las actitudes de lectura y de investigaci?n entre los docentes de ambas universidades. Adem?s, no se detectaron diferencias significativas en la productividad de la investigaci?n entre los profesores que llevan a cabo estudios de postgrado y los que no lo hicieron. El art?culo concluye que las mayores expectativas de investigaci?n y de publicaci?n deben ser colocadas en los profesores con grados avanzados, en particular, en los profesores con doctorados. Estos ?ltimos deben asumir roles de liderazgo en los esfuerzos de investigaci?n de las universidades. No obstante, para que esto suceda, las universidades ecuatorianas deben tomar medidas para reducir la participaci?n del profesorado en la ense?anza, proporcionar los recursos adecuados y crear una infraestructura que sea verdaderamente propicia para el crecimiento de la investigaci?n. Este proceso tambi?n se ver? fortalecido con el establecimiento de un sistema de incentivos para la investigaci?n y la publicaci?n. Universidad de Cuenca http://rraae.org.ec/Record/0001_94fad4396b8ab3ee07a83c414acbe921 2016-11-08T18:32:43Z 2016-11-08T18:32:43Z 2014 article Van Hoof,Hubert. (2014). Exploring faculty reading and research behaviors in a public and a private university: case-study Cuenca, Ecuador. Vol. 5, No. 2. pp.13-27 2477-8893 http://repositorio.educacionsuperior.gob.ec/handle/28000/2775 eng openAccess pp.13-27
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topic FACULTY READING
RESEARCH BEHAVIORS
EXPLORATY INVESTIGATION
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION PRODUCTIVITY
spellingShingle FACULTY READING
RESEARCH BEHAVIORS
EXPLORATY INVESTIGATION
RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION PRODUCTIVITY
Van Hoof, Hubert
Exploring faculty reading and research behaviors in a public and a private university: case-study Cuenca, Ecuador
description In light of recent changes in Ecuador?s higher education system that are aimed at enhancing the universities? academic performance and thereby their ability to help address the country?s socioeconomic problems and contribute to the country?s growth, this article reports on a study that investigated the research and reading behaviors of faculty members in a private and a public university in Cuenca, Ecuador. An analysis of the self-reported reading and research behaviors of 129 professors in both universities revealed that professors are poorly prepared to conduct research and are even less familiar with publishing its results in peer reviewed journals. Hardly any differences in faculty reading and research behaviors were observed between both universities. Additionally, no significant differences in research productivity were detected between those professors who held graduate degrees and those who did not. The article concludes that greater research and publication expectations need to be placed on professors with advanced degrees, in particular those holding doctoral degrees. The latter should take on leadership roles in the universities? research efforts. However, to make this happen Ecuador?s universities need to take steps to reduce faculty involvement in teaching, provide adequate resources and create an infrastructure that is truly conducive to research growth. This process will be further enhanced if a reward system for research and publication is in place.
author Van Hoof, Hubert
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title Exploring faculty reading and research behaviors in a public and a private university: case-study Cuenca, Ecuador
title_short Exploring faculty reading and research behaviors in a public and a private university: case-study Cuenca, Ecuador
title_full Exploring faculty reading and research behaviors in a public and a private university: case-study Cuenca, Ecuador
title_fullStr Exploring faculty reading and research behaviors in a public and a private university: case-study Cuenca, Ecuador
title_full_unstemmed Exploring faculty reading and research behaviors in a public and a private university: case-study Cuenca, Ecuador
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