HomeUIC Research Journalvol. 19 no. 1 (2013)

Trends and Themes in Graduate Research Papers in UIC: Towards a Compendium of Research Outputs from 2007 to 2012

Rhodora S. Ranalan



Among the different units of a university, it is the graduate school department which can be considered as the main breeding ground of future researchers. As such, the study intended to investigate the profile, themes and trends of the research papers produced by the UIC graduate school program for five years, from AY 2007-2008 until AY 2011-2012. Using content analysis, the study found that 65% of the manuscripts were master’s theses and 35% were dissertations. The PHDEL students were conducting the most dissertations and the MAEM students are conducting the most theses. School year 2008-2009 was the most productive year for both the doctoral and master’s programs. There were more research papers using only two variables are conducted only in one school, and utilizing students as respondents. There are also more manuscripts using descriptive correlation as research design and chose academic performance as research topic. Twenty-five percent of the manuscripts had research outputs with intervention programs as the most preferred type of output. Five trends were revealed and these are: decrease in research production in the doctoral program; students as respondents, two variables, and one school as research scope; descriptive correlation as research design; academic performance as research topic; and intervention program as research output.