Academic Research Values: Conceptualization and Initial Steps of Measure Development

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In this paper we draw on value theory in social psychology to conceptualize the range of motives that may influence research-related attitudes, decisions, and actions of researchers. To conceptualize academic research values, we integrate theoretical insights from the personal, work, and scientific work values literature, as well as the responses of 6 interviewees and 255 survey participants about values relevant to academic research. Finally, we propose a total of 246 academic research value items spread over 11 dimensions and 36 sub-themes. We relate our conceptualization and item proposals to existing work and provide recommendations for future measurement development. Gaining a better understanding of the different values researchers have, is useful to improve scientific careers, make science attractive to a more diverse group of individuals, and elucidate some of the mechanisms leading to exemplary and questionable science.
Originele taal-2Engels
UitgeverPsyArXiv Preprints
Aantal pagina's44
StatusGepubliceerd - 19 jun. 2023


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