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ERIC Number: ED019943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Aug
Pages: 1
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INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH AND CURRICULUM CHANGE IN SELECTED TEXAS JUNIOR COLLEGES.
HAMMONS, JAMES ORVILLE
THE PURPOSES OF THIS STUDY WERE TO DEFINE INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH, TO EXAMINE ITS PRACTICE IN CERTAIN COLLEGES, AND TO TEST THE HYPOTHESIS THAT IT DOES NOT INFLUENCE CURRICULUM CHANGE. THE DATA WERE OBTAINED THROUGH INTERVIEWS WITH PRESIDENTS, ACADEMIC DEANS, AND DEPARTMENT CHAIRMEN OF FIVE LARGE TEXAS PUBLIC JUNIOR COLLEGES AND DO NOT NECESSARILY APPLY TO OTHER POPULATIONS. THESE KEY STAFF MEMBERS WERE ASKED TO LIST, FROM PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE, RECENT CURRICULUM CHANGES. TO TEST THE HYPOTHESIS, IN A FREQUENCY TABULATION OF FACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR CHANGE, RESEARCH FINDINGS MUST NOT BE SELECTED AS A CAUSE FOR MORE THAN TEN PERCENT OF THE CHANGE. AFTER COMMENTING ON THE VARYING QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF RESEARCH IN GENERAL, THE AUTHOR LISTS 8 FINDINGS PERTINENT TO THE CURRICULUM. AMONG THEM ARE (1) THE REASONS FOR CURRICULUM CHANGE COULD USUALLY BE DETERMINED, (2) FEW EXAMPLES OF CURRICULUM EXPERIMENTATION COULD BE FOUND, AND (3) OF THE 72 CHANGES STUDIED, MORE THAN 66 PERCENT WERE ATTRIBUTED TO SENIOR COLLEGE ARTICULATION REQUIREMENTS, AND 30 PERCENT TO THE FINDINGS OF INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH STUDIES. THE HYPOTHESIS CONCERNING LACK OF RESEARCH INFLUENCE WAS THEREFORE REJECTED. THE AUTHOR PRESENTS 18 RECOMMENDATIONS SUGGESTED BY THE STUDY. THIS PH.D. DISSERTATION IS AVAILABLE AS DOCUMENT NO. 67-3288, FOR $3.00 (MICROFILM) OR $6.40 (XEROGRAPHIC COPY) FROM UNIVERSITY MICROFILMS, INC., P.O. BOX 1346, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN 48106. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin.
Identifiers: TEXAS