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ERIC Number: ED261633
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Ecological Responses to Changing Needs of Student Government.
Call, John; And Others
The nature of changes in students and institutions since the 1950s and ecological responses to keep the student governance system current with institutional and student needs are discussed. Brigham Young University's approach is used as an example. Ecological models suggest that, even in systems where there are relative differences in power between agents, institutional activities and those of various participants will have a systematic interactive impact. Brigham Young University adopted a seven-step process to implement environmental change: (1) designers, in conjunction with community members, select values; (2) values are then translated into specific goals; (3) environments are designed that contain mechanisms to reach the goals; (4) environments are fitted to participants; (5) participant perceptions of the environment are measured; (6) participant behavior resulting from environmental perceptions is monitored; and (7) data on outcomes, as indicated by participant perceptions and behavior, is fed back to designers. It is important that values underlying the redesign of the student government be congruent with values of the university. Core values identified and functions that support the values are considered, along with structural possibilities that will maximize the value system and functions. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A