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ERIC Number: EJ912151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8265
"Departmental Climate and Student Experiences in Geography Graduate Programs": Research for Enhancing Departments and Graduate Education
Solem, Michael N.; Lee, Jenny; Schlemper, M. Beth
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, v35 n1 p5-9 Feb 2011
This article reports the authors' research which combined quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze a rather intangible phenomenon of interest to higher education researchers and administrators, that being "departmental climate" (often referred to as "academic climate"). This investigation required the authors to develop a method by which concrete aspects of departmental climate could be measured as a set of distinct yet interrelated concepts, which could then enable the academic environments of geographically and institutionally diverse departments to be compared for similarities and differences in their intellectual and social qualities. The factor analysis methodology they implemented grew from prior work by Jenny Lee (2004), who developed quantitative categories of academic values, beliefs and ideologies using national data collected from faculty in five disciplines (Biology, Business, Education, English and Political Science) in all types of two- and four-year academic institutions participating in the 1998 Faculty Survey by the Higher Education Research Institute. The results of their comparative analysis, when paired with related studies (Schlemper & Monk, 2011; Solem, Hopwood & Schlemper, 2011), have implications for how graduate education is practiced in terms of maintaining strengths while improving areas that are not adequately serving the academic development and socialization of particular groups of graduate students. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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