NETWORKING AND GATEKEEPING IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE RESOURCES FOR RESEARCH ASSISTANTS: A CASE OF A RESEARCH UNIVERSITY

2022-9-1
Utkun, Tuana Begüm
Inequal information sharing behind the close doors and unequal access to resources in academia affect, academic and identity development of the higher educational institution. Especially in the research universities where primary focus is to accumulate academic knowledge through research. This study aims to understand the effect of academic networking and gatekeeping in academic research opportunity in research university environment to map the perceptions of faculty members with administrative roles and research assistants towards gatekeeping mechanism and academic networking and to understand how these two factors play a role in the distributions of resources in higher education system, a qualitative design was used in general, the method of single case study was adopted in particular. Data was collected using semi-structured interview from 8 faculty members and 6 research assistants. The data were examined through initial coding analysis. The results indicated that researcher identity development is shaped by dynamics of advisory relationships, and instructional and interpersonal factors. Also, socialization into academic culture is shaped by the structure of research collaboration. In addition to all, the distribution of academic research opportunities affects how academic collaborations and advisory relationships are constructed. Besides, academicians in administrative role control how resources are distributed so in that sense they hold a gatekeeping role. In this vein, it is seen that social capital is the one of major criteria in socialization practices and identity development.

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Citation Formats
T. B. Utkun, “NETWORKING AND GATEKEEPING IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE RESOURCES FOR RESEARCH ASSISTANTS: A CASE OF A RESEARCH UNIVERSITY,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.