Research Aptitude and Interest of Philosophiae Doctors and Masters Degree of State Universities and Colleges (SUCS) in Region III, Philippines


Exploration and exposition of knowledge, specifically in terms of educational system and sustainable transformation is through research. This study determines the research aptitude and interest of faculty members who have master’s and doctorate degrees to their research. Using descriptive method, this study utilized survey questionnaires that were distributed to 13 SUCs in Region III. On the academic profile, the academic rank for majority of master’s degree holders is Instructor I, and for doctorate holders is Associate Professor V. Most respondents have no administrative designations, their degrees are attained within the past 1-5 years, aligned to their field of specialization, and their studies were mostly self-financed. On the traits of a researcher with good aptitude, master’s degree graduates perceived themselves to be ‘moderately like me’ while doctorate degree holders perceived themselves to be ‘very much like me’. For a researcher with research interest, both groups of respondents perceived themselves to be ‘moderately like me’. With regards to administrative support received, most respondents are given budget from General Appropriations Act allocation, de-loading as the most common incentive, receive support for supplies and materials, and most grants come from government institutions. Results revealed that there is no significant relationship between research aptitude and academic profile of both types of respondents in terms of academic rank, designation, field of specialization, number of years graduated from master’s or doctorate, and scholarship obtained. Only doctorate degree holders have significant relationship between research interest and academic profile but only in terms of academic rank and scholarship obtained.

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Gladys Ann Plaza, Bulacan Agricultural State College, Philippines
Susan Santos, Bulacan Agricultural State College, Philippines
Cecilia Santiago, Bulacan Agricultural State College, Philippines

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Conference: ACE2020
Stream: Higher education

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