An Investigation of Research Self-Efficacy, Attitudes, and Interests among Filipino College Faculty: Implications for Research Productivity Enhancement Programs
JOHN ROBBY O. ROBIÑOS, LPT, Ph.D.
College of Arts and Sciences and Education
University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Molino Campus
Bacoor City, Cavite, Philippines
Polytechnic University of the Philippines Binan Campus
Binan City, Laguna
HOLDEN KENNETH G. ALCAZAREN, LPT, MAELED
Institute of International Legal Studies
University of the Philippines – Diliman
Quezon City, Philippines
OMAR B. JORDAN, LPT. MAEd
Research and Development Center
University of Perpetual Help System DALTA Molino Campus, Philippines
Although universities and colleges in the Philippines have encouraged their faculty to be involved in research, many issues and factors still affect their engagement and productivity. This correlational-quantitative research aimed to identify common factors affecting the research productivity (RP). It examined the extent of research self-efficacy, interests and attitudes, its associations, and the differences between groups according to profile variables. Forty-nine (49) college faculty served as respondents in the Philippine University in Bacoor, Cavite calculated using Raosoft and selected using the convenience sampling technique. Data drawn from the Research and Development Center (R&DC) statistically validated (α=.973), gathered through the use of Google form, and analyzed using percentage, mean, cumulative ranking, T-test, ANOVA, and Pearson r. Findings revealed that most of the faculty aged 41-50, female, working in the institution for about five years, with no conducted and published research despite attending more than three research-related trainings and workshops. Faculty are generally interested, confident, and posited positive research attitudes. The top factors affecting RP include insufficient funding, lack of competence and confidence, and time constraints. Furthermore, a significant difference was only established between research attitude and age and confirmed that interest, self-efficacy, and attitude towards research are significantly associated. Accordingly, it is recommended to have a continuous capacity research building program for faculty members and intensify research engagement and productivity through collaborative writing, review, and improvement of research initiatives relative to extra/de-loading, honoraria, and incentives.
Keywords – Research Self-Efficacy, Attitudes and Interests, Filipino College Faculty, Research Productivity, Bacoor, Cavite, Philippines