ERIC Number: EJ867614
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
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Academic Environments in Detail: Holland's Theory at the Subdiscipline Level
Lattuca, Lisa R.; Terenzini, Patrick T.; Harper, Betty J.; Yin, Alex C.
Research in Higher Education, v51 n1 p21-39 Feb 2010
Studies of change in colleges and universities often consider faculty support a key influence on the success of academic reform efforts. Scholars, however, have given relatively little attention to the role of disciplinary environments (e.g., culture, values, and habits of mind) on educational innovation and change. Using data from 1,272 faculty members in 203 engineering programs on 39 campuses, this study examined whether engineering faculty from different academic environments (defined by Holland's typology) vary in their responses to changing curricular and pedagogical requirements. Findings suggest that the broad disciplinary groupings often used in higher education research fail to capture the subtleties of within-field variations in faculty values, customs, and dispositions relating to curricular and pedagogical change and provide moderate support for using Holland's theory for studying organizational change.
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Organizational Change, Educational Change, Engineering, College Faculty, Higher Education, Campuses, Educational Environment
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Education Level: Higher Education
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