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2016, Cilt 6, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 220-230
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DOI: 10.5961/jhes.2016.158
Managerial Flexibility Regarding Scholarly Practices in Universities: The Differences in Faculty's Perceptions
Barış USLU
Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Sciences, Çanakkale, Turkey
Keywords: Faculty member, University, Academic support, Scholarly practices, Managerial flexibility

The purpose of this research is to determine the level of faculty's perceptions related to managerial flexibility regarding scholarly practices in universities, and to examine the differences in these perceptions in terms of their personal, professional and institutional features by controlling the impact of their managerial duties when the impact of their managerial duties are controlled. In line with this purpose, quantitative data were collected online from 1339 faculty members who work in Turkish public universities via the online version of the Managerial Flexibility Regarding Scholarly Practices Scale. The data were examined by descriptive and covariance analyses. The general level of faculty's perceptions related to managerial flexibility regarding scholarly practices was found at a medium level (Mean=3.17; sd=.87) while their perceptions related to managerial flexibility regarding research practices was found at a high level (Mean=3.43; sd=.94). In addition, after controlling when the impact of their managerial roles are taken under control as covariant, significant differences in faculty's perceptions related to managerial practice flexibility were explored in terms of their disciplines and universities' establishment dates and locations were explored. According to these results, the perceptions of faculty members working who work especially in social fields, at universities which are located in regions covering many prestigious universities are more positive than others. It might be claimed that having advanced academic support mechanisms as the institutional component of universities in these developed regions and carrying out studies in social science disciplines with less resources are the reasons of these differences. It might be said that the reasons of these differences between the perceptions of faculty members are that academic support mechanisms has been institutional components of universities which are situated in regions where the most of developed higher education institutions are found and that studies in social science disciplines can be carried out with less costs. To minimize the differences in faculty's perceptions related to managerial practice flexibility and to increase the institutional contribution to their academic productivity, university managers can operate less expensive practices such as the support for academic writing in foreign language, academic study and project preparation trainings, internal review system, formal mentoring program, forming interdisciplinary study groups, and departmental seminars, as well as establishing fundamental units like teaching-learning institute, research office and media advisory bureau.

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