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Impacts of Interaction [microform] : Undergraduates Socialization in Academic Departments / John C. Weidman
Bib ID 5255005
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Weidman, John C
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1974 
38 p. 

This study is a secondary analysis of data from recent surveys of faculty and students in 89 American colleges and universities. It explores undergraduate socialization in academic departments, focusing on the impacts of student and faculty norms concerning the desirability of liberal vs. vocational education as outcomes of college, and primary social interaction among faculty and students. Covariance analysis is used to investigate five values similar to those in the Cornell Values Study. The findings indicate that departmental faculty contact is more consistently influential than peer ties, having similar, positive effects for both sexes on three of the five values--helping others, creativity, career eminence. This suggests lower salience of peer influences in departments relative to other college settings. Educational norms, while not as important as primary interaction, are more influential for men than for women. When the joint effects of norms and social relationships are examined, faculty contact continues to be the most influential variable, regardless of norms. Only for women's creativity orientations is the strong influence of faculty contact reduced by peer ties, regardless of those peers' norms. Findings are interpreted with respect to differential styles by sex of organizational behavior and their implications for undergraduate socialization. (Author)


Sponsoring Agency: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Regional Research Program.

Contract Number: OEG-5-72-0010(509).

ERIC Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (58th, Chicago, Illinois, April 19, 1974).

Educational level discussed: Higher Education.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects College Faculty.  |  College Students.  |  Colleges.  |  Higher Education.  |  Interaction.  |  Research Projects.  |  Socialization.  |  Student Teacher Relationship.  |  Universities.
Other authors/contributors Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Coll. of Education
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