ERIC Number: ED067386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Planned Change in Response to External Pressure. A Study of Facilitation and Resistance in the Faculty of a Small Independent College with a Traditional Emphasis on Engineering and Science. Final Report.
Sutton, Gordon F.
This is a study of the faculty of a small college under conditions of planned change. It attempts to establish the role of the faculty in initiating changes in an assessment of an hypothesis regrading the conservative role of such bodies. Following some developments in organizational theory regarding processes of organization, faculty differentiation was examined. It was expected that faculty whose careers are closely associated with the employing institution would be less able to sense extra-organizational pressures for change than those with strong extra-organizational professional ties. Further, among faculty who recognize the need for change, those with local career orientations would display less evidence of initiating or collaborating with attempts at planned change. It was also hypothesized that some faculty would display an active role associated with ideological concerns regarding organizational purposes of such a college. A survey of faculty indicated that the first hypothesis regarding their conservative nature was not sustained while the hypothesis predicting the positive relationship between professionalization and receptiveness to change and between awareness of external pressures and receptiveness were on balance confirmed. The prediction that those with local career orientations would be less aware of pressures and, less likely to support planned change was supported. Appendixes include related project materials. (Author/MJM)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Dept. of Sociology.