ERIC Number: ED038942
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of University Social Structure on Student Alienation: A Venezuelan Study.
Arnove, Robert F.
This study examines the relationship between professional and political orientations as they emerge under specific educational and environmental conditions existing within the Universidad de Oriente, an experimental university in Venezuela. Based on a thorough review of available relevant theoretical propositions, and employing highly differentiated set of analytical procedures, the study arrives at a number of important findings on how and under what conditions professional and political efficacy are interrelated. Some of the principal findings are: 1)successful and satisfactory training experiences within the university are positively associated with a strong sense of professional efficacy; 2) institutionalized prestige of a field is substantially associated with a feeling of professional efficacy; 3) institutionalized prestige of a field is negatively correlated with student-teacher interaction and satisfaction with reward systems; 4) internal reward systems and student-teacher interaction patterns are greatly conditioned by the university's standing in the society and by the future status different departments can offer; 5) a sense of competency developed in the professional realm is positively associated with students' concepts of themselves as political actors; 6) the politically competent student is likely to be a more active and democratic citizen; and 7) intense involvement in the political realm is associated with expressions of confidence and optimism, (Author/NF)
Descriptors: Activism, Attitudes, Higher Education, Motivation, Role Perception, Social Structure, Socialization, Student Alienation, Student Motivation, Students, Universities
Publications Secretary, SIDEC, School of Education, Stanford, California, 94305
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford International Development Education Center.