ERIC Number: ED315819
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
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Member Involvement in a Student Religious Organization: A Qualitative Analysis.
Myers, Karen A.; Bailey, Cheryl L.
This study investigated college student involvement in campus religious organizations to determine the functioning of organizational and interpersonal communication. Data were elicited through open-ended interviews with 16 members of a Catholic student center at a state university in the Midwest. Interviews were also conducted with the director, assistant director, and secretary to obtain background information about the center and its purpose. Results revealed two layers of relationships within the organization: a member identity cluster and a member authority cluster. The first consisted of the social/emotional relationships that made up the community and allowed it to achieve its goal of emotional and spiritual development of community members. These relationships revolved around individual member identity which was influenced by a number of factors, and, in turn, influenced a number of others. The second concerned the task structure and functioning of the organization. The key appeared to be the use of member authority in the delegation of tasks and establishment of task role expectations. Task role expectations differed a great deal among members, which led to differing emphases on effective completion of tasks. Findings suggest practical applications for college student personnel concerned with new student retention and for individuals involved in campus ministry. Additional research into student dissatisfaction appears to be called for. (Two figures depicting the Member Identity and Member Authority clusters are included.) (KEH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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