Research self-efficacy, publication output, and early career development

Brian Hemmings, Russell Kay

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Purpose ' This paper has two aims: to investigate the relationship of self-efficacy beliefs in terms ofresearch on publication output; and, to identify the relationship of self-efficacy beliefs about researchto the publishing outputs of neophyte lecturers.Design/methodology/approach ' A questionnaire was utilised to obtain responses from lecturersworking full-time at two large Australian universities (n = 343).The data from this sample were analysedusing factor analysis, correlation, and multiple regression analysis. Data from two sub-samples ofneophyte lecturer (n1 = 47; n2 = 78) were then subjected to a multivariate analysis of variance.Findings ' Four research self-efficacy subscales were derived from a factor analysis. Thesesubscales were positively and significantly related and accounted for 46 percent of the total variance intotal publications accrued. Significant differences were found between two groups of neophyte lectureron nearly all items forming the respective research self-efficacy subscales. And, group membershipaccounted for 45.4 percent of the total variance.Originality/value ' The findings have implications both theoretically and practically. Theoretically,the research self-efficacy construct was shown to have four underlying dimensions and to be highlypredictive of ameasure of publication output. From a practical perspective, the items forming the researchself-efficacy subscales could be a useful tool to promote discussion about the tasks a lecturer may need toperform during an academic career. Further, the items could be ranked in terms of their discriminativecapacity and, as a result, be used as the basis for researcher development and interventions to promoteimproved research self-efficacy and therefore increased publication output.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-574
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Management
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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