ERIC Number: EJ719996
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 51
Collegiality and Culture: General Education Curriculum Reform at Western Protestant University
Journal of General Education, v53 n2 p107-134 2004
This article examines the process of general education curriculum reform at Western Protestant University (WPU), a pseudonym for a religiously affiliated liberal arts college in the western United States. The theoretical framework for describing the process comes from two areas: institutional culture and a typology of academic change developed by Larry Cuban (1999). The salience of this article rests in its focus on process. The most well-meaning general education reform can be derailed if the people charged with carrying out that reform do not pay attention to the cultural markers around them. The structure of this article is as follows: first will be a discussion of the key concepts that make up the conceptual framework--institutional culture and Cuban's change typology. Next is a review of the study design, data, and analytic methods. The findings section comprises two parts: a brief analysis of Western Protestant University's institutional culture, and an account of the general education reform process. The article concludes with a discussion section that integrates the description of WPU's institutional culture with the results of the process, and is organized according to the major themes uncovered by the research.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Curriculum Development, Collegiality, General Education, Change Strategies, School Culture, Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Governance, Religion
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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