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Title: Academic Generations and Academic Work: Patterns of Attitudes, Behaviors and Research Productivity of Polish Academics after 1989
Authors: Kwiek, Marek
Keywords: academic work
academic generations
junior scholars
research time allocation
research productivity
European academics
Polish academics
European universities
academic under 40
older academics
academic cohorts
academic productivity
index of productivity
measuring productivity
teaching and research
teaching vs. research
working time distribution
research time distribution
Polish universities
academic feudalism
academic collegiality
Polish reforms
higher education reforms
young Polish academics
research role orientation
academic role orientation
CAP data
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Studies in Higher Education, 2015, Vol. 40, No. 8, 1354–1376.
Abstract: This paper focuses on a generational change taking place in the Polish academic profession: a change in behaviors and attitudes between two groups of academics. One was socialized to academia under the communist regime (1945-1989) and the other entered the profession in the post-1989 transition period. Academics of all age groups are beginning to learn how tough the competition for research funding is, but young academics (“academics under 40”), being the target of recent policy initiatives, need to learn faster. Current reforms present a clear preferred image for a new generation of Polish academics: highly motivated, embedded in international research networks, publishing mostly internationally, and heavily involved in the competition for academic recognition and research funding. In the long run, without such a radical approach, any international competition between young Polish academics (with a low research orientation and high teaching hours) and their young Western European colleagues (with a high research orientation and low teaching hours) seems inconceivable, as our data on the average academic productivity clearly demonstrate. The quantitative background of this paper comes from 3,704 returned questionnaires and the qualitative background from 60 semi-structured in-depth interviews. The paper takes a European comparative approach and contrasts Poland with 10 Western European countries (using 17,211 returned questionnaires).
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DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2015.1060706
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