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The practice and challenges of higher education research in universities in Nigeria.

Akomolafe, Comfort Olufunke

Abstract:
This study examined the practice of higher education research in university and the level of integrity in the practice. It examined the challenges facing Higher education research in Universities in Nigeria. A total of 100 university lecturers were selected using multistage and simple random sampling techniques. Three research questions were raised and answered. Analysis of variance was used to test the two hypotheses generated at 0.05 level of significance. The result of the study revealed that the practice of research was not adequate, it followed negative trend. It also revealed the challenges facing research as: non-utilization of research outcomes, fabrication and falsification of data, and dominance of individual in research. It also showed that the level of integrity in the practice of research was moderate. Further more academic status and years of experience of researchers were important factors in their perception of practice of research. It was recommended that orientation should be given to researchers, on the importance of higher education research , that it is not mainly for promotion and academic exercise but a real business for the development of education and society, and that experienced researchers should set pace and act as mentors for inexperience ones so as to improve on the practice of research, and enhance its integrity.

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Title of Paper: The practice and challenges of higher education research in universities in Nigeria.
Conference Name: KIU-HERPNET International Conference on Research in African Higher Education for Sustainable Development.
Conference Date: 2009-08-20
Published as Proceedings: no


Date:2009
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Country:Nigeria
Keywords:Research Management, Research Culture, Research Universities, Higher Education Research, Research and Development R&D, Research Institutions, Research Practices, Research Challenges


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Date Added:16 October 2009


Akomolafe, Comfort Olufunke (2009). The practice and challenges of higher education research in universities in Nigeria. Paper presented at the KIU-HERPNET International Conference on Research in Higher Education for Sustainable Development. Kampala, August 2009.