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ERIC Number: ED115171
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May-30
Pages: 48
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The Comparative Diffusion of Land Grant University Concepts in a Midwestern U.S. and Two Taiwan Universities.
Lionberger, Herbert F.; Reddy, B. Anji
Universities in two social settings may independently orient themselves to public service obligations and/or restructure the university system along similar lines to provide the information services demanded. Yet, with the achievement of the information systems capacity in agricultural colleges in the United States and with contracts and idea exchange between these universities the presence of an information systems capacity is more likely to be the product of diffusion than of independent invention. Some specific concepts are more acceptable than others and some are also more acceptable in one social setting than in others. Q-methodology, a method of opinion analysis that deals with priorities, provides insight into the priorities of the social sciences faculty at Columbia campus of the University and at NTU and Chunghsing Universities in Taiwan. Assessing diffusion by noting the deviation of item ratings from their ideal, typical placement in the Q-sorting seems to be useful. Generally, speaking, the social scientists on the Columbia campus rated basic landgrant concepts more favorably than those on the Taiwan campus. (Author/KE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented for the annual meetings of the Rural Sociological Society (San Francisco, August, 1975)