Is there a conflict between teaching and research? the views of engineering academics in europe

Timo Aarrevaara, Ian R. Dobson

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This article presents an analysis of data from the international Changing Academic Profession (CAP) and the Academic Profession in Europe: Response to Societal Changes (EUROAC) surveys to compare engineering academics that prefer teaching over research, and vice versa. It also highlights the attitudes of each of these groups to teaching and research, the two major academic activities. There has long been debate about whether research and teaching are mutual activities or in competition with each other. According to the survey results, the majority stated a leaning towards research, but this preference was stronger in some countries than in others. In fact, data from the CAP survey reveal that 30% of engineering academics from the 12 participating European countries believe that teaching and research are hardly compatible with each other, but opinions from different countries vary considerably. Even though much higher proportions of academics agree that their research reinforces teaching, even on this measure, there are considerable gaps between countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-81
Number of pages7
JournalGlobal Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Academic staff
  • CAP survey
  • Engineering teaching and research

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