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ERIC Number: ED174067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
An Empirical Model for the Use of Biglan's Disciplinary Categories. AIR Forum 1979 Paper.
Muffo, John A.; Langston, Ira W., IV
The Biglan method of grouping academic disciplines for comparative purposes is discussed as well as an empirically-based system for making internal comparisons among different academic units. The clusters of disciplines developed by Biglan (pure and applied, soft and hard, life and nonlife) are useful guides in working with data involving classifying or categorizing academic departments. The types of data suited for use with Biglan groups and the methodologies for placing specific academic departments into Biglan categories are examined. Data demonstrating a relationship between faculty instructional data (salaries and workload) and Biglan categories are presented. It is concluded that while it does appear possible to use Biglan categories within and perhaps across institutions, care must be employed in their use. The Biglan categories provide a factually-based starting point for looking at groups of departments, as well as a means of identifying departments with which a given department may be compared. The Biglan disciplinary clusters and various statistical analyses of Biglan groups are tabulated. (Author/SF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1979; Biglan Method
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (19th, San Diego, California, May 13-17, 1979)