ERIC Number: EJ887315
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
The Criticality of Norms to the Functional Imperatives of the Social Action System of College and University Work
Braxton, John M.
Journal of Higher Education, v81 n3 p416-429 May-Jun 2010
In this article, I assert that the work of colleges and universities forms a social action system. I array the critical positions represented in this issue according to the four functional imperatives of social action systems: adaptation, goal attainment, integration, and pattern maintenance. I discuss the role of normative structures for these functional imperatives.
Descriptors: Social Action, Higher Education, Social Control, Socialization, Success, Evaluation, Teacher Role, College Instruction, Undergraduate Study, Governance, Intellectual Disciplines
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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