Perceived Challenges of Academic Staff Production of Research Papers in Colleges of Education in Ghana

Authors

  • Isaac Amoako Department of Education, Atebubu College of Education, Ghana
  • Opoku Boahen Edward
  • Angelina Abaidoo
  • Samuel Oti-Boateng Department of Education, Atebubu College of Education, Ghana

Keywords:

Scholarly papers, professional promotion, challenges, job load, academic staff

Abstract

Apart from improving the ranking of the individual and his/her institution, research publications are also known to make important contributions to the advancement of knowledge and formulation of government policies, thus enhancing institutional, sector and/or national and global development. The study explored challenges that College of Education tutors face in line with publishing research papers and other scholarly materials. Utilizing concurrent nested mixed method design, tutors of all Colleges of Education institutions in Ghana were targeted, however, 189 tutors were drawn from the northern, middle and southern zone of Ghana to participate in the study. A checklist of .72 internal consistency reliability was used to gather the quantitative data while interview schedule was used to gather qualitative data about challenges that affect academic staff publishing of research products. Research question one was analysed using descriptive statistics, specifically, percentages and frequencies. However, data to answer research question two were analyzed using Braun and Clarke (2006) thematic analysis approach. Findings revealed that college tutors have awareness and knowledge for research articles and abstract only and not for other research products. The study findings further showed that, weaker foundational knowledge and skills in research methodology, lack of writing experience, lack of information technology skills and lack of mentorship constituted the challenges that affected frequent publishing of research products. The study recommended that Ministry of Education in collaboration with Ghana Education Trust Fund (GetFund) as a matter of priority should work on improving and building more infrastructure, specifically, offices for academic staff and technological infrastructure to enhance more research based activities within the Colleges.

Author Biographies

Isaac Amoako , Department of Education, Atebubu College of Education, Ghana

Isaac Amoako is in Department of Education, Atebubu College of Education, Ghana. Email: isaachighclass@gmail.com.

Opoku Boahen Edward

Opoku Boahen Edward is in Department of Education, Atebubu College of Education, Ghana.

Angelina Abaidoo

Opoku Boahen Edward is in Department of Education, Atebubu College of Education, Ghana.

Samuel Oti-Boateng, Department of Education, Atebubu College of Education, Ghana

Samuel Oti-Boateng is in Department of Education, Atebubu College of Education, Ghana.

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Published

2022-03-29

How to Cite

Amoako , I. ., Edward, O. B. ., Abaidoo, A., & Oti-Boateng, S. . (2022). Perceived Challenges of Academic Staff Production of Research Papers in Colleges of Education in Ghana. Staff and Educational Development International, 25(1), 162-173. Retrieved from http://journal.netsed.net/index.php/sedi/article/view/100