ERIC Number: ED116588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Higher Education: Faculty as Professionalization and Change Agents. Final Report.
Ploch, Donald R.
Why do people, who have charge of socialization processes, arrange them the way they do? This contrasts with the question typically asked: "What does the person being socialized have to do to succeed?" It shifts the focus of attention from children or students to parents or faculty. In this research the focus is on theological faculty. The sample consists of 269 faculty teaching at 15 theological schools. Fifteen of 33 schools were chosen and stratified by university affiliation and denomination. There were 389 full-time faculty at the rank of assistant professor or above who were the universe sampled. A representative sample of 269 (69 percent) were chosen as respondents. Research consisted of visiting each school for a week, interviewing faculty, talking informally with students, and researching the history of the school in the library. Interviews focused on and covered these areas: personal background, major curricula shifts since 1960, students, faculty colleagues, career development, intellectual context, and future of the church. Findings and conclusions are: (1) the schools are more alike than different; (2) since there is no vision of theological education that commands widespread respect and authority, changes occuring in format, teaching technique, and student freedom are based on a system of trial and error; (3) schools are less than 3 percent female or black; and (4) theological language, in its traditional sense, is used very little. (Author/KE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
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