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ERIC Number: ED057756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Pages: 47
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Relationships Between the Characteristics of Academic Tasks and the Structure and Output of University Departments.
Biglan, Anthony
In this study, the social structure and output of scholars at the University of Illinois are examined in terms of the task characteristics of their academic areas. On the basis of an earlier multidimensional analysis, academic task areas were clustered according to their: (1) concern with objectivity and physical objects; (2) concern with application; and (3) concern with life systems. Depending on the characteristics of their area, scholars differed in (1) the degree to which they were socially connected to others; (2) their commitment to teaching, research, and service; (3) the number of journal articles, monographs, and technical reports they published; and (4) the number of dissertations they sponsored. Moreover, it is shown that the relationship between social connectedness and scholarly productivity depends upon the task area. These findings are discussed in terms of their implications for research on tasks and on universities and for the evaluation of faculty members. (Author/HS)
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Sponsor: Illinois Univ., Champaign.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Dept. of Psychology.