The aim of this study is to investigate the main personal obstacles academic and researchers at higher educational institutions in the Sultanate of Oman face as well as to investigate the satisfaction level of researchers and academics about the scientific research in their institutions. The study also aims to identify the most important independent variables affecting their attitudes towards these obstacles. The study was carried out on a sample of 714 researchers and academics at higher educational institutions in Oman. An analytical descriptive approach has been employed due to its ability to address study questions and to describe the problem comprehensively. A questionnaire was employed as a tool for collecting data. Results showed that the most personal obstacle of scientific research among the individuals in the study sample is that their time is not sufficient to conduct research as it is divided between administrative, teaching and family tasks and duties, and that the satisfaction level of study sample about scientific research is low in their institutions. Results also showed a statistical significant effect of the independent variables “gender and institution type” on the attitudes of the study sample regarding the personal obstacles that affect their scientific achievement. The study recommend that it is necessary to start drawing policies and strategies to establish a suitable environment for conducting scientific research and to allow researchers to benefit from all facilities and incentives which are provided by their institutions. It is also recommended to pay more attention to personal aspects of researchers
Muneer Karadsheh, Naser Al-Mao’uli, Maryam Al-Samari *
Scientific Research, Personal Obstacles, Higher Educational Institutions, Sultanate of Oman.