Annual Conference of the Society for Research into Higher Education location:Newport, UK date:8-10 December 2009
The paper describes the results of an empirical study on the prevalence of research-related goals in 24 academic programmes in Belgium. For the study six research-related goals were identified (1: knowledge and insight into results of research; 2: insight into methodological and theoretical underpinnings of research; 3: development of practical research skills; 4: development of competence to be a researcher; 5: development of a critical attitude towards knowledge and knowledge construction, and 6: development of curiosity towards evolutions in the discipline). The prevalence of these goals and differences between hard and soft disciplines, between bachelor and master courses as well as between university and polytechnics courses were investigated. The results reveal that an overall rather low prevalence of the goals, with disciplinary differences.
Bachelor courses tend to score lower than master courses. Polytechnics more frequently mention research-related goals.