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ERIC Number: ED524404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 161
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-5222-7
Faculty Experiences of Internet Filtering at a Proprietary Higher Education Institution
Rzemyk, Thomas J.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northcentral University
Despite widespread acknowledgement that Internet access in libraries and schools is filtered, the effects of that filtering on faculty who must utilize such a system for research, teaching, and curriculum development in American higher education are not known. This qualitative case study explored faculty experiences of Internet filtering in terms of its effect on curriculum development, teaching effectiveness, and ability to conduct research at a Midwestern proprietary higher education institution. The phenomenological approach of Van Manen was used because of its focus on accessing the lived experiences of participants with the purpose of formulating recommendations for action. Moustakas' heuristic method, which deliberately incorporates the person of the researcher, was used to gather and interpret interview data collected from a purposeful, non-probability, convenience sample of 10 faculty members from the target institution. Results showed that the presence of an Internet filter has negative consequences for faculty's ability to prepare for and conduct their classes. However, the present findings also showed that faculty's ability to develop curriculum was not at issue because of the institution's policy to provide a pre-set curriculum. General recommendations include faculty involvement in setting Internet policies, differentiated access based on user type, and further research in diverse settings. Institution-specific recommendations include abolishing filtering for faculty or, if the filter is continued, involving faculty in its development/revision, clearly communicating the filtering policy, and further research into the impact of the system on all faculty. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States