To Compete or to Educate? Mentoring and the Research Climate

TitleTo Compete or to Educate? Mentoring and the Research Climate
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsRoberts, GC, Sprague, RL
JournalProfessional Ethics Report
PublisherAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science
Publication Languageeng
AbstractThe article reports on a study of research climates in universities. The researchers identified two types of climates; competitive, where competition and rivalrous behaviors on the part of faculty is encouraged, and educational, where the focus is on the process of doing research and in educating the student rather than on the outcomes of doing research. The researchers developed a scale to measure the climate of a lab, and used it to study the dedication of faculty to the mentoring process. The study found that while a balance is needed between these two, faculty who tried to foster an educational climate in their lab were more likely to be successful mentors to their students.
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