Theoretical Contributions of Graduate Research: An Investigative Study in the Philippines
Keywords:Graduate research, theoretical contribution, trends in research, content analysis, descriptive research, Philippines
The purpose of this study was to determine the level of theoretical contribution present in the dissertations and theses of the education and business departments of a private institution of higher education in the Philippines. One of the aspects of the mission of the institution is to produce individuals who excel in research. As such, it is critical to the development and the betterment of the institution in terms of pursuing its mission to develop leaders that excel in research. Therefore, it is our belief that this study particularly informs the institution and its constituents regarding the nature of research output taking place at that institution. The findings of this study suggested that most of the studies done in the business and education departments of the institution were weak in theoretical contributions. Additionally, it was found that studies that were categorized as high in theoretical contribution had increased in the recent years.