ERIC Number: ED339327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-31
Reference Count: N/A
Exploring Alternative Paradigms in Higher Education Research: The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Roberts, Susan M.
This paper explores the issues surrounding the study of higher education, usually involving the analysis of structural-functionalism, to less tradition-bound areas representing idealism. It examines these issues through the theoretical framework of symbolic interactionism which, it is noted, rests in the interpretive paradigm. The paper begins with a discussion of pragmatism, considered to be the philosophical underpinning of symbolic interactionism. Next, phenomenologocial symbolic interaction is examined, including its assumptions and its concepts of identity, role, situation, and the notions of role-making and role-taking. Also, the methodological implications of symbolic interactionism are discussed, as well as its limitations as a theoretical framework. Finally, the contributions of symbolic interactionism used in research in higher education are explored. Contains 21 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting; Interpretive Research; Symbolic Interactionism
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Boston, MA, October 31-November 3, 1991).