Dyesebel L. Chinayo, MAED
“Bolstering the Research Culture in the University of Baguio (UB)” is the main thrust of the Research and Development Center, encouraging everybody to conduct research for improvement and development of each department, and the institution as a whole. This paper provides information on the number of researches conducted in UB from 2004 to 2008, the extent on their utilization, and offers suggestions on how to enjoin employees to be part of UB’s culture of research. The questionnaire checklist was mainly used to gather data, supported by interview. Responses of 99 out of 134 respondents from the different departments showed that 92 researches done in 5 years from 2004 to 2008 were perceived to be much utilized. Deans, though, have some degree of contradicting perception – for them, researches were much to very much utilized. The difference on the perception of respondents on utilization of researches was found to be not significant. Manifestations of utilization were revisions of syllabi and curriculum, improvement of programs and basis for the faculty development plan. Also, these researches were used as underpinnings for other researches. Reasons for perceived non-utilization included the need for considerable effort to carry out the action plans, insufficient manpower to monitor implementation of recommendations, and lack of budget for the implementation stage. Twenty two (22) respondents claimed not motivated to do research citing lack of time, insufficient financial incentive, lack of knowledge on how to do research and difficulty in formulating problems as their top reasons. However, 104 respondents still claimed to be interested in doing research considering it as indispensable in the continued growth of the department and the institution as a whole and as a means of personal and professional growth. These results are encouraging to further develop and improve UB’s culture of research.
Source: UB Research Journal, Vol. XXXIV, No. 2, July – December 2010