ERIC Number: ED449445
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
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Use of Student Organizations To Advise Faculty.
The lack of research on college students' involvement in the management and decision-making in a department led to an information search on these issues. Specifically, the researcher looked at whether or not it was a good idea to involve students in a department of psychology's decisions. Student involvement requires both student and faculty time. Before committing the time, the benefits need to be considered. To gather preliminary information on student opinions about their involvement, members of Psi Chi at one university surveyed advanced psychology students (N=18) to rate whether they should be involved in decision making and planning in 13 areas. Student opinion suggested that students might be more confident in the contributions made by members of Psi Chi than individual majors. One benefit of involving students may be to heighten their awareness of departmental policy and sensitivity to dilemmas facing departments. Student involvement in departmental decisions may require special attention to confidentiality and other ethical issues. The organizational structure of Psi Chi may simplify the logistics of student involvement. (Contains 20 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (108th, Washington, DC, August 4-8, 2000).