ERIC Number: ED421956
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Fraternity Members' Perceptions of How Involvement in a Fraternity and Involvement in Student Government Has Influenced Their College Experiences.
Byer, John L.
This qualitative research study investigated fraternity members' perceptions of how involvement in a fraternity and in student government influenced their college experiences. Four fraternity members who were also members of the student senate were interviewed. Three of the participants were Caucasian and one was African-American. Interview transcripts were categorized and coded using the constant comparative method. Analysis identified three themes: the leadership skill theme, the social skill theme, and the social acceptance versus social exclusion theme. Specific findings indicated that: (1) interviewees perceived that fraternity and student government involvement had promoted their leadership and social skills; (2) interviewees perceived some aspects of fraternity involvement as being socially exclusive, whereas other aspects of fraternity involvement were seen to encourage social acceptance of diversity; and (3) interviewees emphasized the importance of appreciating social interactions with different kinds of people, both within the fraternity and the college at large. (Contains 10 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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