ERIC Number: ED127887
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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The Use of Anthropological Field Methods as a Means for Conflict Reduction in Institutions of Higher Education.
Bean, John P.
Anthropological field methods are viewed as a means of reducing the unanticipated consequences of decision-making in institutions of higher education. The conflict generated by the unanticipated consequences of decisions can be reduced by a better identification and a clearer understanding of the norms and values existing in the various subcultures of the institution. Anthropology is briefly described and compared to sociology and psychology, and some examples of anthropological thinking are given. The possible contribution of anthropological field methods to reducing the conflicts facing institutional researchers is examined. These conflicts include suboptimization, goal conflict, goal displacement, and internal conflict. Each is based to a certain extent on the idea that control of information is a kind of power, and that the power institutional researchers have will influence the future of higher education. (Author)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Conflict Resolution, Field Studies, Higher Education, Information Seeking, Institutional Research, Organization, Research Methodology, Social Science Research
College of Education, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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