ERIC Number: ED024332
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-May
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Survey of Faculty Views on Student Participation in Decision Making. Final Report.
Many students seek and many administrators have called for greater student involvement in important academic decision making. And because faculty members, who control most academic policies and procedures, have remained strangely silent about such matters, it was decided to investigate, in a more detailed and systematic fashion than had been done previously, their attitudes toward student participation in determining cogent campus policies. At the same time, an effort was made to obtain data that might indirectly reflect the conventionality of faculty thinking about approaches to teaching and learning. A randomly selected sample of 200 faculty members was interviewed at 4 colleges and 2 universities. "Yes", "No", or "Don't know" answers to questions regarding specific areas of student participation (e.g., curriculum planning) could be qualified. There was general agreement that students should participate extensively in matters of student discipline, but not in the affairs of a legal governing board. They should be encouraged to complete evaluative types of questionnaires on teachers, but the results should be seen only by the teacher concerned. In other areas, a "Yes" vote meant only that student ideas should be heard, but the means for obtaining their views is left unclear. This study has been highly limited in its sampling of institutions, and more land-grant colleges and universities should be sampled via mailed questionnaires. (JS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville.