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Title: Mentorship as a strategy to improve research output at tertiary institutions : case study of University of Johannesburg
Authors: Nundulall, Reetha
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Research production is increasingly becoming a focal point in higher education
transformation. Merging of higher educational institutions has produced various
challenges ranging from changing the focus from purely teaching functions to both
research and teaching. While novice researchers (i.e. those that are training to become
researchers) are expected to develop capacity by engaging in research through various
means, the aim of capacity development is to enable young researchers (i.e. those who
are developing a profile as researchers) to publish in high impact publications which
attracts funding in the form of subsidy from the Department of Higher Education and
Training (DoHET). The manners in which tertiary educational institutions promote
research output through capacity development initiatives are important from the
perspective of attracting funding.
The researcher undertook this study to explore mentorship as a means to increase
research output at a merged tertiary institution. A case study using a mixed method
approach was adopted.
The literature reviewed indicated that mentorship was popular in many fields but there is
a paucity of data evident on mentorship as a means to increase research output for
researchers. The researcher obtained views and perceptions from academic staff
members from sample faculties with regards to an implementation of a formal research
mentorship program (REMP). Semi-structured interviews with the deans of four sample
faculties and analyses of institutional documentation was also undertaken to ascertain
institutional and faculty support and development for research.
The findings of this study are useful not only to the case study institution, but to all HE
institutions, especially merged institutions and the public management sector.
Description: Submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the Master of Technology: Public Management, Durban University of Technology, 2010.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10321/609
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