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ERIC Number: EJ1164580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0271-9517
Using Systems Theory to Understand the Identity of Academic Advising: A Case Study
Bridgen, Sean
NACADA Journal, v37 n2 p9-20 2017
For decades, advising practitioners and scholars have worked toward developing an identity for advising as a unique field of scholarly inquiry and practice. To date, the identity crisis in advising remains. This study presents an examination and description of the function, purpose, and identity of a university advising system through comparisons of ideals espoused by advisors and administrators with practice. Based on systems theory as a framework, this study shows that the identity of academic advising can be misunderstood because of systemic issues. Addressing systemic flaws may help clarify the identity of academic advising within a specific system and possibly the field as a whole.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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