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ERIC Number: EJ929495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 76
ISSN: ISSN-1749-6896
Conceptual Boundaries and Pathways: Exploring the Institutional Logics of Higher Education Scholarship on College Student Social Movements and Activism, 1967-2008
Mars, Matthew M.
Education, Knowledge & Economy: A Journal for Education and Social Enterprise, v3 n2 p121-140 2009
This study has focused on the institutional logics that influenced how higher education scholars patrolled and shaped the conceptual boundaries of college student movement and activism research published between the years 1967 and 2008. A keyword search of four prestigious higher education journals ("The Journal of Higher Education", "Review of Higher Education," "Higher Education," and "Research in Higher Education") produced a preliminary sample of 538 original research articles published between 1967 and 2008 that included some discussion of college student movements and/or activism. The systematic scanning of the abstracts and findings of each of the 538 articles resulted in the selection of a final sample of 48 articles that included college student movements and/or activism as a topical field of interest. A discourse analysis of the final sample of articles revealed how higher education scholars have through their research shaped and reshaped the conceptual boundaries of college student movement and activism during periods of notable exogenous and endogenous shocks to the post-secondary academy. These shocks centered on the social and political unrest of the 1960s and 1970s and the post-1980 era of neo-liberal ideology and economic globalization. The findings illustrate that the institutional logics that directly inform topical fields of study sometimes created path dependence that limits the capacities of scholars to objectively respond through their research to periods of environmental shifts and organizational changes. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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