During the Global Forum 2015, there was a plenary session that pointed out the disconnect between researchers who don’t teach and teachers who don’t do research. Research faculty are separated from academic faculty. Many programs attempt to marry research industry and academic institutions through research grants. Still the question is left unanswered: what is the role of research in academe?
Republic Act 10532, an act institutionalizing the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS), aims to improve the quality of life of every Filipino through health research and development activities. Medical schools are mandated to prepare research agendas to which students align their research projects. Areas for research are identified in the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA), Regional Unified Health Research Agenda (RUHRA) and the National Higher Education Research Agenda (NHERA). One challenge is the rigorous process of technical and ethical reviews of research protocols prior to actual implementation to ensure that health research adheres to universal ethical principles. Another challenge for researchers is how to tap funding for research. Medical schools offer grants to encourage faculty to do research. The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) accepts research proposals for funding. Aside from this, how do we help researchers tap funding for research?
Teachers on twitter. Pezaro (2015) shares that a small but growing group of teachers flock to social media to share their resources, experiences and ideas. Because formal research is hard and technical, teachers seek what they need through networks, and events, instead. Social media is a platform where formal research may be shared and presented and translated into simpler more easily understandable language. Still, there needs to be those people who will create the evidence base, people who will translate the evidence for consumption, and people who are positioned to implement the findings. Data is there on social media, then researchers need to be able to organize this data into formal research for publication. However, how do we ensure that research based on data from social media adheres to universal ethical principles? What ethical issues arise when doing research on social media platforms?
Join us as we discuss views on the role of Research in Academe on #HealthXPH tweetchat tonight (April 16, 2016) at 9PM MLA:
T1. How do we bridge the disconnect between teachers who don’t do research and researchers who don’t teach?
T2. How can we tap funding opportunities for research?
T3. What ethical issues arise when doing research on social media platforms?