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Awareness level of research methodology of the faculty members and students: A critical study as a first step to information literacy

Shesh Mishra


The purpose of this paper is to report the results of a study of assessment of awareness level of research methodology among the higher education groups. During 2009-2010 surveyed the faculty members (FM), research scholars (RS) and post graduating students (PG) of Banasthali Vidyapith (BV) and University of Rajasthan (UR) through self administered questionnaire. The paper finds that the assessment method had real strengths especially in terms of validity. It was also economical and efficient. Higher education institutions knew what they were expected to do and where they needed to put in effort. The assessment method has been carried out once with faculty members, research scholars and post graduating students of above mentioned universities, so the findings can only be regarded as interim. Institution can include research methodology in the syllabus in those faculties where research methodology is not in curriculum. There is a shortage of publications that report the results of the use of faculties for the assessment of information literacy.

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