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ERIC Number: ED003685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 152
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PERSONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL VARIABLES RELATED TO THE ADOPTION OF EDUCATIONAL INNOVATIONS IN LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES.
DAVIS, RICHARD H.
A LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE NOTED FOR EDUCATIONAL INNOVATIONS WAS COMPARED WITH ANOTHER LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE WHICH HAD ADOPTED FEW EDUCATIONAL INNOVATIONS. THE STUDY ATTEMPTED TO ANSWER THREE QUESTIONS--(1) WHAT PERSONAL VARIABLES CHARACTERIZE INDIVIDUALS IN AN INNOVATIVE COLLEGE, (2) WHAT FEATURES OF THE ORGANIZATION'S NORMATIVE STRUCTURE OPERATE TO PROMOTE CHANGE, AND (3) WHAT FACTORS OPERATE WITHIN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE INDIVIDUALS AND THE ORGANIZATION WHICH ACCOUNT FOR THE COLLEGE'S RECEPTIVITY TO EDUCATIONAL INNOVATIONS. DATA ON PERSONALITY AND ORGANIZATIONAL NORMS WERE COLLECTED AND ANALYSES MADE. CONCLUSIONS REACHED WERE THAT (1) FULL-TIME FACULTY MEMBERS AND ADMINISTRATORS IN BOTH HIGH AND LOW INNOVATIVE LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES DO NOT DIFFER SIGNIFICANTLY IN AWARENESS OF EDUCATIONAL INNOVATIONS AND (2) NONINFLUENTIALS AMONG THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS AND FULL-TIME FACULTY MEMBERS POSSESS A PATTERN OF PERSONAL VARIABLES NOT SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT FROM THOSE PERSONS WHO ARE IDENTIFIED AS INFLUENTIALS WITHIN THE SAME GROUPS AT THE LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE. THE HYPOTHESIS THAT ORGANIZATION NORMS ARE PERCEIVED AS MORE RECOMMENDED AND PERMITTED IN A HIGH INNOVATIVE COLLEGE AND MORE OBLIGATORY AND PROHIBITED IN A LOW INNOVATIVE COLLEGE WAS ONLY PARTLY CONFIRMED. (TC)
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Authoring Institution: Chicago Univ., IL.
Identifiers: ILLINOIS; Illinois (Chicago)