ERIC Number: ED050701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Nov
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Interdisciplinary Research Relating Community and College Activities. Final Report.
MacNair, Ray H.; Siembieda, William
This study of graduate student socialization in Departments of Political Science is based on data collected in 14 departments of broadly representative Ph.D. granting institutions in the U.S. All students and faculty in all departments were sent a questionnaire asking about their attitude toward the profession, their program of study, their relations with others in the department, and academic values. The mean values of student and faculty responses were correlated, and analyses were made of departmental, as well as individual differences. There appeared to be two "pure" types of departments. Type I departments had a high rate of interaction between students and faculty, accurate perceptions between the two groups, high morale on the part of the students, and relatively high disagreement between students and faculty on substantive and political matters. These departments also had higher student satisfaction with the relevance of their graduate training. Type II departments were the opposite in each case. Type I departments provided an environment that supported differences between faculty and students, while the hierarchical structure, lack of communication and low morale in the Type II departments led to conformity on the part of the students. (Author/AF)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Tuskegee Inst., AL.