Examining research productivity of Chinese TEFL academics across departments and institutes

Bai, L. (Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Education, Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Queensland)
Hudson, P. (Queensland University of Technology, Faculty of Education, Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove, Brisbane, Queensland)

International Journal for Researcher Development

ISSN: 2048-8696

Publication date: 1 April 2010

Abstract

This study aims to benchmark Chinese TEFL academics’ research productivities, as a way to identify and, subsequently, address research productivity issues. This study investigated 182 Chinese TEFL academics’ research outputs and perceptions about research across three Chinese higher education institutions using a literature‐based survey. ANOVA, t‐tests and descriptive statistics were used to analyse data from and between the three institutions. Findings indicated that more than 70 per cent of the TEFL academics had produced no research in 10 of the 12 research output fields during 2004‐2008. The English Language and Literature Department in the national university outperformed all other departments at the three institutes for most of the research output categories. While a majority of the participants seemed to hold positive perceptions about research, t‐tests and ANOVA indicated that their research perceptions were significantly different across institutes and departments. Developing TEFL research capacity requires tertiary institutions to provide research‐learning opportunities.

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Bai, . and Hudson, . (2010), "Examining research productivity of Chinese TEFL academics across departments and institutes", International Journal for Researcher Development, Vol. 1 No. 3, pp. 191-205. https://doi.org/10.1108/1759751X201100017

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