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Title: An Assessment Of The Outputs Of The Institute Of Educational Research (Ier) In Research Projects And J Ournal Publication (I996 To 2005).
???metadata.dc.contributor.*???: , Daniel Desta, (Dr)
. Wanna Leka (Dr)
Almaz, Taffesse
Keywords: major factors that might affect the;institutional performance
Issue Date: Jun-2005
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: This study assessed the research projects and publication outputs of the Institute of Educational Research of the Addis Ababa University with the view of investigating the major factors that might affect the institutional performance. The data sources consist of nine research staff members of the institute and 14 Editorial Board members of the Ethiopian Joumal of Education. Institutional, university and national level documents pertinent to the study were also extensively reviewed. Availability sampling method was employed to select the Academic Staff members and the Board members whereas the officials from MOE and ESTC were drawn through purposive sampling technique. In order to address the study, a descriptive suwey method was used. To gather the necessary data, questionnaires, interview guides, document review fom1ats and checklists were used. The data collected were qualitatively and quantitatively analyzed using percentage and mean values. The study revealed that the Institute was achieving high in many ways despite facing numerous constraints that threatened its effectiveness to play the roles expected of it. In most cases, its research projects were fund-driven. The study has shown that IER has no defined budget allocated for its research activities and almost all its research projects implemented so far were funded by different extemal funding agencies and the consultancy projects w ere f unded b y different o rganizations. In the s ame v ein, absence o f b udget to regularly purchase reference books and joumals on education has resulted in poor library facilities and failure to distribute research outputs. The majority of the respondents indicated that research facilities such as computers, offices and office fumiture were adequate at the institute. Considerable number of them, however, indicated that services like telephone, printing, library and vehicle were inadequate. Of the various managerial constraints, lack of motivating rewards for the researchers had strong negative impact on the institute”s research activities. The researchers were forced to spend more of their time teaching for career development purpose. The study further revealed that although there was no shortage of manuscripts, considerable number of the manuscripts contributed for publication in EJE had serious quality and standard problems. Moreover, delay in assessing EJE manuscripts, by reviewers resulting from low incentives for the reviewers, and lack of continuous follow-up by the institute, were some of the shortfalls investigated by the study. The cumulative effect of all forced the institute to lose its accomplishments of role as required. Despite the fact that four decades have passed since IER is established as a research center and later as an autonomous institute, it is still constrained by numerous challenges: lack of policy guidelines, financing constraints and others. Therefore, it is recommended that the university and the govemment have to show their support in empowering the institute so that it would play the promising role that is expected of it.
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