ERIC Number: ED418662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-31
In Search of a New Paradigm for Higher Education: A Case Analysis of Faculty Experiences in the First Year of a New University.
Gonzalez, Kenneth P.
This study examined the experiences of faculty members in the first year of a new university. Twelve faculty at the new institution were interviewed and observed during the 1995-96 academic year. The analysis presented in this paper is based on one particular interview. Overall, six concrete universals were found during the analysis: (1) the advertisement and the formation of culture; (2) the faculty retreat and the reinforcement of the university culture; (3) working within a system and the encounter of technical structural constraints; (4) interdisciplinary, outcome-based education and the cultural constraints of the traditional paradigm; (5) decision making and constraints related to power relationships; and (6) influencing change--individual and collective agency. Although initially highly optimistic about the possibilities presented by the new institution, faculty went through key moments that constrained their ability to implement aspects of the university's vision, such as outcome-based learning and assessment. The results are discussed in light of social theory, specifically structuralism, interactionism, human agency, and social constructivism. (Contains 11 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Memphis, TN, October 31, 1996).