John Michael D. Alesna,
Dorothy M. Hermosilla,
Ferolaign Pearl T. Libetario,
Mariko Therese M. Suzuki,
Adrienne Claire L. Yu,
Jan Andy D. Gatillo
This study aimed to understand the demographic profile and attitude towards research among undergraduate faculty members of Cebu Doctors' University. The study utilized a descriptive predictive design and was conducted in Cebu Doctors' University. It is an institution of higher education that offers medical and paramedical courses. It is presently located in #1 Dr. P.V Larrazabal Jr. Avenue, North Reclamation Area, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines. The study was conducted with a duration of four (4) weeks to 130 respondents who were undergraduate faculty members currently working at Cebu Doctors' University and other affiliated centers. Two (2) questionnaires were used in this study; the Attitude Towards Research Scale by Papanastasiou (2005) which measured the attitude towards research in five (5) factors. The other tool used is a researcher-made questionnaire entitled Mentorship Willingness which determined the research mentorship willingness of a faculty member.
Demographic profile which included the age consisted of early-careerists between the ages 20 - 35 years old (70, 53.8%), gender wherein the majority of the respondents were females (89, 68.5%), civil status with majority of the respondents being single (91, 70%), educational attainment with the majority having a Bachelor's Degree (82, 63.1%), majority of the respondents were full time faculty members (88, 67.7%), mentorship experience which largely consisted of respondents who had no experience (48, 36.9%) and majority of the respondents have had research exposures (81, 62.3%). In terms of level of attitude towards research majority of the respondents (84, 64.6%) had a moderate level of attitude towards research. Among the factors that affects attitude towards research, the respondents scored highest in terms of research usefulness (M = 5.54, SD = 1.22). Respondents scored lowest with regards to research anxiety with (M = 3.51, SD = 1.12). In terms of research mentorship willingness, majority of the respondents (66, 50.8%) were not willing to become research mentors. Among the demographic profile those who have been mentoring for three (3) - four (4) years were 12.607 more likely willing to mentor compared to those with no experience at all. Also, those who have high attitude towards research were found to be 12.673 more likely to accept mentorship compared to those who have low attitude towards research. Nagelkerke R square result showed that 34% in the variance (dependent variable), research mentorship willingness can be predicted by the model.
In conclusion, mentorship experience and level of attitude towards research were predictors to research mentorship willingness among undergraduate college faculty members of Cebu Doctors' University. Based on our findings, the researchers recommend that the administration organize continuing education programs that allow faculty members to be trained as mentors to address research mentorship. In the interest of future studies the researchers recommend in conducting a future study on demographic profile, including current responsibilities, stress level, and prior commitments, and knowledge on research to predict research mentorship willingness.
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