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ERIC Number: ED398809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 23
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Cohesion or Collusion: Impact of a Cohort Structure on Educational Leadership Doctoral Students.
Wesson, Linda Hampton; And Others
This study explored the perceptions of students in a cohort based doctoral program in educational leadership at Arkansas State University concerning the impact of the cohort structure on their learning. The cohort groups were structured to move through the coursework as a cohesive group. The data derived from four cohorts--two who had completed the coursework, one in the middle of the work, and one just beginning the program of study. Each of 42 students was interviewed to gather opinions concerning the program. Paper-and-pencil evaluations of the doctoral program were also completed by each cohort group. Students reported a difference in the group dynamics over time, but each cohort developed its own personality. Students found that collusion shut down learning, whereas cohesion was a more appropriate and productive form of closure that facilitated higher levels of mental processing and opened up new ways of constructing knowledge. The findings validate the positive benefits of the cohort structure and demonstrate the need to emphasize cohort activities. These findings also validate the application of principles of cognitive learning theory to program development in educational administration. An outline of the doctoral program course schedule is outlined. (Contains 15 references.) (CK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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