ERIC Number: ED347888
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Missouri and Oklahoma: A Comparative Study of State Higher Education Policy and Political Culture.
Freeman, C. Elaine
This paper summarizes the findings of a case study designed to determine if differences exist in the higher education planning and policy making process in Missouri and Oklahoma. A background and perspective section develops the definitions of key concepts relying on definitions from the work of Daniel Elazar. A section describing the study itself details the use of the qualitative, multiple embedded, case study method; and describes the sources of data which included interview, observation, and the examination of documents and artifacts. Two sections follow, each presenting extensive description of either the Missouri or Oklahoma situation. A comparison section contains a synopsis of Elazar's political subcultures and a summary of the analysis of the higher education case findings in the two states. A conclusion finds that the political culture is a major factor in influencing higher education policy making and that the Missouri state ethos springs from individualistic concern with the marketplace and confidence in the ability of the business world to enhance the quality of life for citizens. The Oklahoma state ethos includes a historical distrust and dislike of big business and an allegiance to the southern agrarian idea of maintaining the traditionalistic status quo. Included are an interview model and 44 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Cultural Influences, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Policy Formation, Politics of Education, State Action, State Agencies, State Colleges, State Departments of Education, State Government, State History, State Legislation, State Programs, State Universities, Statewide Planning
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Missouri; Oklahoma
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24 1992).