ERIC Number: ED183108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Understanding American Academics: What Have We Learned and Where Do We Go From Here? Occasional Papers Series No. 6.
Finkelstein, Martin J.
An overview of the academic profession in America is presented, and many of the studies of this topic are categorized into a coherent framework. A search of the research literature on college and university faculty appearing in the post-World War II period was conducted. The two preemptive sources of knowledge about faculty were doctoral dissertations and the research reports of academic social scientists. Other sources of knowledge about faculty are noted. The report was designed to bring together the scattered, largely inaccessible results of social scientific and dissertation research on faculties and the research on different aspects of the faculty role and different types of faculty. In addition to generalizations about academic people, results of a content analysis of the research literature are presented. Some substantive and methodological suggestions for future inquiry are also offered. (SW)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Educational History, Educational Research, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Research Methodology, Research Projects, Social Science Research, Teacher Role
Department of Higher Education, 479 Baldy Hall, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Buffalo. Dept. of Higher Education.