ERIC Number: EJ970804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
Are Academic Departments Perceived as Learning Organizations?
Holyoke, Laura B.; Sturko, Patricia A.; Wood, Nathan B.; Wu, Lora J.
Educational Management Administration & Leadership, v40 n4 p436-448 Jul 2012
Higher education institutions need to be able to adapt to changes, which requires flexibility and learning. Researchers have questioned whether higher education institutions are learning organizations, a concept of which university faculty have been traditionally skeptical. This article describes a study of faculty perceptions about their departments as learning organizations and departmental culture. The Dimensions of the Learning Organization Questionnaire was adapted for faculty member use and administered via an online survey tool. Participants were 59 faculty of 663 contacted from public and private colleges and universities in Washington and Idaho. Results revealed men reporting more opportunity for individual and continuous learning than women, and faculty members at 4-year private institutions reported a more positive learning culture and more empowerment than faculty at the other types of institutions. Results are discussed and future research is proposed. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Colleges, Adjustment (to Environment), Lifelong Learning, Organizational Culture, College Faculty, School Culture, Professional Autonomy, Collegiality, Peer Evaluation, Teacher Attitudes, Departments
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Idaho; Washington