Partnering for educational research: The pros and cons

Moffat Chitapa Tarusikirwa

Abstract


This study employed a qualitative research methodology. A case study research design was used and the sample was purposely chosen. The purpose of the study was to surface the factors that impact on local Zimbabwean researchers with respect to research funding vis-à-vis collaborative foreign funded research efforts. The findings of the study indicate that there are both advantages and disadvantages in Educational Research partnering. For example one can go into highly beneficial international research collaborations. However, the local academic’s research efforts have been hampered by insufficient research funds exacerbated by poor performing economies. This has left the local academic relying mostly on funds brought in by international research partners. Such funds are usually difficult to get as they are linked to a number of factors both good and negative. The paper concluded that there were many challenges of partnering foreign researchers, especially if they bring in their own funding and recommended that it was necessary for the government and higher education institutions to set funds aside for their academics’ research efforts. This research paper will discuss the experiences of academics in Harare, Zimbabwe with respect to the benefits vis-à-vis the disadvantages associated with international research collaborations.

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