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Journal:   JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP & ADMINISTRATION   FALL 2009 , Volume 3 , Number 3 (NO. 9); Page(s) 69 To 83.
 
Paper: 

DEVELOPING A RESEARCH UNIVERSITY IN IRANIAN HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM:A MODEL PRESENTATION

 
 
Author(s):  SHAKIBAEI ZOHREH*, GHOURCHIAN N.GH., KHALKHALI ALI
 
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Abstract: 
Many universities and colleges are shifting their mission from teaching-oriented to research oriented. This research project was to describe the structure of these universities along with emphasizing their nature and implications by responding to the following questions: 1. What are the main components of these universities? 2. What is the appropriate model of a Research University for Iran? 3. What is the degree of appropriateness from the view points of higher education experts? On the basis of the factor analysis models, sample population for this study consisted 500 presidents, vice presidents, the head of departments and instructors of the universities in North of Iran. They were chosen from among 1836 individuals by random and categorical method. Through existing research universities, meta analysis, review of literature and identifying their overlapping 11 dimensions of research university were identified. A questionnaire with 66 items was designed. To find a meaningful combination of components and answers, factor analysis and correlation coefficient of components matrix were used. The findings showed that modeling process of Research University consisted 7 main factors. After naming these factors, the estimates showed that international and cross-cultural competencies and communications, freedom and socio-scientific responsibility, wealth creation, focusing on national and international buzz, renewing science and research infrastructures, selectivity and interdisciplinary teaching and research, in general explained 50% of shared variance of developing a model for research university. The degree of appropriateness and concordance of the model was confirmed by 40 higher education experts. Kendal correlation coefficient was 74% and modeling was done.
 
Keyword(s): RESEARCH UNIVERSITY, MODELING, HIGHER EDUCATION, COMPONENT
 
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