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ERIC Number: ED309684
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 40
Abstractor: N/A
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The Individual as Organization: Sensemaking in a School of Education.
Meloy, Judith M.
A study focusing on the constructions of organizational reality offered by eight faculty members in a school of education at a large midwestern university is presented. This qualitative study documented and analyzed tacit and/or explicit sensemaking strategies. The four parts of the study are as follows: (1) a tracing of the convergence of the ideas of organizing and inquiry (organizational theory, educational inquiry, integration of subject and methodology, and organizational culture and leadership); (2) a description of the methodology of the study, and an offering of some evidence of the thoughts which shaped it; (3) the final analyses of the data, and a brief explication of three hypotheses for consideration based upon the interpretations (e.g., faculty members within a school of education do not interpret experience the same way nor do they have the same experiences to interpret); and (4) a presentation of practical implications for the field of educational administration, information on organizational culture, the efficacy of naturalistic inquiry in a study of the context and processes or organizing, and a brief annotated bibliography. Tables are included. Contains 47 references. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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