ERIC Number: EJ1058516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
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Faculty Agency in Striving University Contexts: Mundane yet Powerful Acts of Agency
Gonzales, Leslie D.
British Educational Research Journal, v41 n2 p303-323 Apr 2015
Drawing from Archer's critical realist theory of agency, this paper has two specific aims. First, the cultural and structural features of one "striving" institution are outlined. Then, I illustrate how faculty members asserted agency inside their striving university in ways intended to disrupt the structures and cultures that striving universities produce. Forms of faculty agency included negotiating, critiquing and resisting. The work is relevant to those who study the academic profession; those who provide support and professional development to contemporary academics, especially academics serving inside striving universities; and, finally, to those interested in the study and possibility of human agency inside a higher education field that is marked by the pressures of both fiscal and cultural markets.
Descriptors: Organizational Climate, Organizational Culture, Universities, Teacher Empowerment, College Faculty, Faculty College Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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