ERIC Number: ED309683
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Knowing One's World: Gender and World View in a Research University Culture.
A qualitative study exploring the relationships between gender and world view as they manifested themselves in the experiences of 19 beginning faculty members within an elite research university is described. The study was directed by the following questions: (1) Do women and men interpret differently their experiences as beginning faculty in a research university? (2) Do these interpretations reflect gender-related differences in world view? and (3) What happens to those world view differences over time? The major source of data for the study was four semi-structured, tape-recorded interviews with each informant. Informal conversations with and observations of faculty at faculty gatherings were also conducted. Findings are discussed according to gender and experiences during the junior years, gender and world view, and changes in the world over time. All of the findings of changes in world view suggest that an acculturation model rather than the more commonly posited socialization model is appropriate for some beginning professors. In creating a tentative acculturation model, three categories of acculturation are adapted from Spindler and Spindler: adopters, adapters, and rejecters/transformers. The most serious study finding is the move some junior faculty experienced from a relational world view to a more separatist one. It is suggested that researchers look further at the reality of gendered world views and investigate the influence of world view on the legitimization and transmission of knowledge. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).