Mubika et al
Greener Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3 (6), pp. 289-296, August 2013
Manuscript Number: 072413750
Factors Militating Against Usage of Research and Scholarship Works among Faculty and Students
Mubika Augustine K., Muyengwa Barnabas & *Bukaliya Richard
Zimbabwe Open University, P.O BOX MP1119 Mount Pleasant, Harare.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: bukaliar @ gmail.com
This study sought to explore
the factors militating against the usage of research and
scholarship works among university faculty and students at
the Zimbabwe Open University. The study adopted a multi site
case study approach in which two regions of ZOU (Mashonaland
East and West) were explored over time through the use of
structured interviews, which solicited for information about
faculty and students` usage of research and scholarship
works. However, data were reported both qualitatively and
quantitatively. A total of 26 lecturers and 912 students
made the total population. All the 26 lecturers were
interviewed. A purposive sample of 100 students was drawn
from the four faculties of the university and these were
also interviewed through the use of assistant interviewers.
Despite the availability of research and scholarship works,
there seems to be under-utilisation of these because of a
number of challenges which include the nature and form of
the research and scholarship work, inability to manipulate
ICT gadgets by potential users, financial constraints,
inadequate internet connectivity and social networking on
the internet. In light of these findings, it was recommended
that research and scholarship works be available in a more
accessible and appropriate nature and form. There should be
training in ICT usage to enable access and use of research
and scholarship works. Funds should be made available for
the acquisition of essential gadgets and social networking
on the internet could drastically be reduced so that
potential users focus more on research and scholarship work.
Keywords: Research, Scholarship, Faculty, Students.
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