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Exploring attitude toward scientific research among Peruvian university students: A cross-sectional study

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Edwin Gustavo Estrada-Araoz ,
Edwin Gustavo Estrada-Araoz

Universidad Nacional Amazónica de Madre de Dios, Facultad de Educación. Puerto Maldonado, Perú

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Néstor Antonio Gallegos-Ramos ,
Néstor Antonio Gallegos-Ramos

Universidad Nacional Amazónica de Madre de Dios, Facultad de Ingeniería. Puerto Maldonado, Perú

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Yolanda Paredes-Valverde ,
Yolanda Paredes-Valverde

Universidad Nacional Amazónica de Madre de Dios, Facultad de Ingeniería. Puerto Maldonado, Perú

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Rosel Quispe-Herrera ,
Rosel Quispe-Herrera

Universidad Nacional Amazónica de Madre de Dios, Facultad de Ingeniería. Puerto Maldonado, Perú

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Freddy Abel Rivera-Mamani ,
Freddy Abel Rivera-Mamani

Universidad Nacional Amazónica de Madre de Dios, Facultad de Ecoturismo. Puerto Maldonado, Perú

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Abstract

Introduction: The attitude of students towards scientific research is a crucial aspect in the academic sphere, as it influences their active participation in research activities, their willingness to explore new knowledge, and their future commitment to science and innovation.
Objective: To analyze the attitude towards scientific research among students of a private university in Peru.
Methods: A quantitative, non-experimental, and cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted. The sample consisted of 281 male and female students who were administered the Research Attitudes Scale, an instrument with adequate metric properties.
Results: It was found that 44.5% of students rated their attitude towards scientific research at a medium level, 32.7% at a low level, and 22.8% at a high level. Similarly, it was determined that there was a statistically significant association between the year of study and the attitude towards scientific research (p<0.05).
Conclusions: The attitude towards scientific research among students of a private university in Peru is located at a medium level. Therefore, the implementation of research seedbeds, programs including opportunities for participation in research projects, academic mentorships, and specialized courses that promote the development of research competences from the first year of study is recommended. Additionally, a periodic evaluation of the effectiveness of these initiatives could be carried out to ensure a continuous stimulus and support for the development of a research culture among university students.

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Estrada-Araoz EG, Gallegos-Ramos NA, Paredes-Valverde Y, Quispe-Herrera R, Rivera-Mamani FA. Exploring attitude toward scientific research among Peruvian university students: A cross-sectional study. Salud, Ciencia y Tecnología - Serie de Conferencias [Internet]. 2024 Mar. 11 [cited 2024 May 21];3:657. Available from: https://conferencias.saludcyt.ar/index.php/sctconf/article/view/657

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