ERIC Number: ED339332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Research and Teaching Orientations in Twenty-Seven Academic Departments: The Impact on Undergraduates. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper.
Volkwein, J. Fredericks; Carbone, David
This study analyzed a variety of departmental and student outcomes data obtained from faculty and graduating seniors in 27 academic departments at a Research II University. The purpose was to answer two questions: (1) does a strong research orientation by an academic department promote or hinder student learning and growth? and (2) are differences in departmental teaching and research climates associated with differences in the academic integration and intellectual growth of the undergraduates who major in those academic disciplines? Study findings confirmed the notion that different academic departments would have variable research and teaching climates, and that there were direct relationships between department climate and student academic integration. The results also found that a vigorous research orientation by an academic department, particularly when combined with attention to teaching responsibilities, has a beneficial influence on the academic integration and intellectual growth of undergraduate majors. However, what appeared to affect student learning, development, and satisfaction the most were the vitality of the classroom experience, the student-faculty relationships outside the classroom, and the strength of student friendships. Contains a 46-item bibliography. (GLR)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, College Environment, College Students, Departments, Educational Environment, Higher Education, Individual Development, Learning Experience, Organizational Climate, Outcomes of Education, Reinforcement, Research Universities, Student Development, Teacher Student Relationship, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Boston, MA, October 31-November 3, 1991).