Building Educational Research Capacity: Challenges and Opportunities From the Perspectives of Faculty Members at a National University in Oman

Waheed Hammad*, Wajeha Al-Ani

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The purpose of this article is to explore the perceptions of faculty members regarding research capacity building in the field of Education. It particularly seeks to identify the challenges and opportunities associated with this practice from the perspectives of these members. The study adopted a qualitative research design, using focus group interviews to collect data from a sample of faculty members in the College of Education at a national university in Oman. The results revealed the existence of some challenges that hampered educational research, including time constraints, the lack of a collaborative research culture, the lack of research training, and the absence of a clear research agenda. The analysis also identified a number of capacity building opportunities such as a research-supportive environment, the availability of research funding, and the role of research groups. The study concludes with some recommendations to improve educational research capacity both in Oman and in the Arab region in general.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSAGE Open
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Arab
  • capacity building
  • education
  • educational research
  • higher education
  • Oman
  • social sciences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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