Plaridel, Vol 5, No 1 (2008)

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Bridging the Knowledge Gap: Dissemination of Researches of Selected Universities in Metro Manila

Rhodora Ramonette M. de Villa

Abstract


This qualitative paper uses the multiple-case research design to explore the dissemination of researches at Ateneo de Manila University, the De La Salle University-Manila, the University of the Philippines Diliman, and the University of Santo Tomas. An interview schedule, pertinent documents, and records were used in data gathering. Purposeful sampling was employed in the selection of study units and key informants. Data were analyzed using explanation-building. Results reveal that research dissemination is a complex process largely affected by a university’s research culture. In general, the findings show that research is important in the four universities. All four universities articulate the value of research in their vision, mission, or goals, as well as maintain a university research coordinating office. However, research dissemination is not emphasized as an integral component of the universities’ research thrusts. The study identifies several economic and institutional concerns that need to be addressed so that research dissemination would occupy a prominent role in the universities’ research programs.