Why conduct research?
The following module will outline the benefits of engaging in scholarly research and discuss many of the barriers that faculty encounter as they begin a research endeavor.
By completing this segment, learners will be able to:
- Identify types of research.
- Analyze perceived barriers to conducting research.
A Brief Rationale for Research
Research and scholarly expectations have increased on college campuses across the nation as scholarly productivity has become an increasingly important priority for faculty members. The research being conducted on college campuses covers a range of purposes and has both academic and non-academic implications. This research provides much of the foundation for knowledge that makes possible the innovations and advancements in wider society, thereby creating social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts.
With the increasing emphasis being placed on research by faculty and the potential for significant impact, why are many faculty apprehensive about beginning a research program? Approximately 26% of faculty in a survey of 40,000 reported that they do not write on a weekly basis (Lindolm, et al in Belcher, 2009). Oftentimes ideas fall by the wayside because the research and publication process seems a mystery too complex to conquer. What are these perceived barriers?