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ERIC Number: EJ856191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 77
ISSN: ISSN-0091-5521
Institutional Contradiction in the Community College
Ayers, David F.
Community College Review, v37 n2 p165-184 2009
Critical discourse analysis was employed to examine the narratives collected from 40 community college administrators who were asked to recount their experience in an event, activity, or decision that challenged their values. The analysis yielded three findings. First, contradictions emerged between the administrators' educational and professional values, on the one hand, and managerialism ("pressure from above"), on the other hand. Second, participants either acquiesced to managerialism or resisted through insubordination or advocacy. Third, the styles enacted by the administrators in the face of these contradictions included the "alienated victim" (who felt that his or her authority had been usurped), the "survivor" (who eventually recovered or at least feigned a positive attitude), or the "institutional entrepreneur" (who successfully aligned a policy or practice with his or her values). The latter successfully advocated for change, suggesting the need for future research on leadership strategies and organizational climates that foster institutional entrepreneurship. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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