ERIC Number: ED137156
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov-17
Reference Count: 0
Social Science Research Institutes in the Quality American University. Final Technical Report.
Totman, Theodore L.
The technical report presents a chapter outline and thesis summary of an investigation of social science research institutes in American universities. The bulk of the report presents the thesis in four sections. Section I proposes a typology of organized social research units (OSRUs) in the 11 universities studied. Dimensions used to classify the OSRUs are location, type of program, program orientation, and organizational unit. The second section summarizes the thesis: that OSRUs represent the embodiment of research function in the quality university, a reduction in time devoted by social science faculty to teaching, and an increase in the research effort of academic social scientists. The third section summarizes constraints inherent in the university context which face any effort to develop OSRUs, such as administrative policies, organization of OSRUs, choice of director, and recruitment of staff. The final section summarizes requirements for the creation and operation of successful OSRUs. Requirements include developing a power base which enables the unit to be self-sustaining and an image as an organization which consistently produces high quality research, financial support, leadership, and good management. The OSRUs should also be located near other researchers. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A