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Education & Language | Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research

Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research

Smart, J.C. (Ed.)

1999, X, 499 p.

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To recapitulate, Greeks differ from Independents and from the academy's value priorities, but for the most part these differences derive from antecedent charac­ teristics. Moreover, there are some grounds for speculating that these anteced­ ent differences reflect fundamental temperamental differences (extraversion and gregariousness mediated by social interaction, as opposed to interaction through ideas). Only to a limited degree does the Greek "system" appear to adversely affect the acquisition and assimilation of the academy's value priori­ ties; i.e., students as a whole, Greek and Independent alike, appear to become more independent, liberal, socially concerned, and culturally sophisticated by graduation. However, the Greek system's effect on the behavior of Greeks is more trou­ bling, an effect largely mediated by the use and abuse of alcohol and the relative absence of direct institutional supervision. Assuming the retention of the Greek system, then, the promotion of the acad­ emy's agenda appears dependent on (a) an understanding and accommodation of the personal characteristics of Greeks, using appropriate pedagogical meth­ ods to advance the academy's educational objectives, and (b) both educational and administrative/regulatory efforts to control the use and abuse of alcohol. With or without the Greek system, the advancement of the academy's agenda involves these considerations, since the characteristics of students as a whole encompass the characteristics emphasized among Greeks.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Community College - Rasch measurement - education - higher education - restructuring - sexual abuse - teaching - university - university administration

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Table of contents 

Teaching, Learning, and Thinking About Teaching and Learning.- Costs and Productivity in Higher Education: Theory, Evidence, and Policy Implications.- Institutional Adaptation: Demands for Management Reform and University Administration.- University Restructuring: The Role of Economic and Political Contexts.- Understanding Strategy: An Assessment of Theory and Practice.- New Colleges for a New Century: Organizational Change and Development in Community Colleges.- Rasch Measurement in Higher Education.- Greek-letter Social Organizations in Higher Education: A Review of Research.- Cultural Capital as an Interpretive Framework for Faculty Life.- Cruel Environments: Sexual Abuse and Harassment in the Academy.- The Global Emergence of a Field: Content, Form, and Promise in Women’s Studies.

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