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The measurement of research output of public higher education insitutions in South Africa: hurdle or handle?

Madue, Stephens M

Abstract:
The measurement of research output is common practice among public institutions internationally, and is increadingly contested and controversial. The term "research" is itself contested and can cover quite a wide range of activities, from carefully designed studies by independent, university-based researchers to analysis of data for particular administrative or political purposes to arguments for specific policy positions that may be more or less well grounded in evidence. such measurement or research output is needed for decisions about professional staff and resource allocations. Measures of research productivity, covering both quantity and quality at national level, support goverment decisions on setting priorities and funding. This thesis was set out to critically examine the effects that current goverment policy on the measurements of research output of public higher education institutions will have on the performance of South African Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The purpose of this study was to trace and explain the differential impact of new goverment policies on the measurement of insitutionl research output in four different university faculties. the study has hightlighted key challenges facing the universities in implementinn the new research subsidy policy; and made recommendations and proposals on how best can the policy be implemented with the view of increasing or improving the institutions' research output

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Document Title: The measurement of research output of public higher education insitutions in South Africa: hurdle or handle?
Academic Department: Faculty of Education
University: University of Pretoria
City: Pretoria
No. of Pages: 122


Date:2006
Document Type:Thesis (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Research
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Measurement, Researchers, Research Assessment, Research and Development R&D, Research Assessment Exercise RAE


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Date Added:09 May 2012


Madue, Stephens M (2006) The measurement of research output of public higher education insitutions in South Africa: hurdle or handle? Masters Dessertations, Education Management, Law and Policy Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa