ERIC Number: EJ887138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Consequences and Strategies Student Affairs Professionals Engage in Their Advocacy Roles
Harrison, Laura M.
Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, v47 n2 p197-214 2010
This participatory study examined how student affairs professionals advocated for students within the power structures of university systems. Data analysis from research conversations with six participants found that student affairs professionals experienced a high degree of conflict when they attempted to advocate for students within the confines of their institutional hierarchies. Student affairs professionals employ a variety of strategies for negotiating these tensions. Some strategies entailed working within the power structure while others involved challenging the status quo within their respective institutions. Implications for professionals and graduate educators are presented.
Descriptors: Student Personnel Workers, Student Personnel Services, Advocacy, College Students, Politics of Education, Power Structure, College Administration, Organizational Culture, Data Analysis, Conflict, Ethics, Universities, Social Justice, Job Skills, Interpersonal Competence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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