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ERIC Number: ED360945
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Pages: 28
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How To Use Barker's Paradigm Concepts To Help Solve Major Higher Education Problems and Help Create a Vital Future for Institutional Research and Planning. AIR 1993 Annual Forum Paper.
Meredith, Mark
This paper introduces, as a new, relevant, technique for use in institutional research and planning, the concept of paradigms as presented by J. A. Barker. The paper uses as examples of these concepts analysis of two major problems, frequently found in higher education and institutional research and planning. These examples illustrate how outsider innovations and the so-called "messing with the rules" activity can produce paradigm shifts that help solve problems and help create a vital future for the profession of institutional research. This outsider/insider problem solving concept is demonstrated through a pilot test that was designed to solicit and compare problem-solving ideas from graduate students, faculty, staff, and members from the business community. The two problems addressed concern: (1) the constraints that the tenure system places on program and curricular change; and (2) the lack of professional management training for faculty who become managers of major resources. The paper concludes with an analysis of the responses. Attachments include the memorandum sent to study participants and a review of J. A. Barker's book, "Future Edge: Discovering the New Paradigms of Success." Contains 14 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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