Some challenges in academic researchStephen A. Templin (Meio University)
|"much research in Japan seems to exhibits little, or no, literature review."|
|"the people on most university entrance exam committees have little or no knowledge of testing principles such as reliability or validity"|
[ p. 10 ]Consequently, it is difficult to judge the effectiveness of teachers and make fair decisions in promotions, etc. I believe that even when committee members do know how to make reliable and valid tests and questionnaires, they cannot get the necessary support from administration because few administrative personnel are trained in this area. Although many researchers who know how to create reliable and valid tests and questionnaires exist in Japan, they are seldom well represented in committees that create university entrance exams or faculty evaluations — and even when they are represented, they may not be able to acquire the necessary support from their universities' administrative staff.