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Organizational socialization and induction in universities: Reconceptualizing theory and practice

Trowler, P. R. and Knight, P. T. (1999) Organizational socialization and induction in universities: Reconceptualizing theory and practice. Higher Education, 37 (2). pp. 177-195. ISSN 0018-1560

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Abstract

This paper argues that the theory and practice of induction and socialization of new academic staff in universities have been based on a partial, corporatist, perspective influenced by now defunct structural-functionalist theory. We develop a more sophisticated theoretical understanding of organizational socialization and explore its consequences for the practice of induction of new academic staff. These ideas are based on secondary data derived from a number of studies of new academic appointees (NAAs), 27 in-depth interviews we conducted with academics in ten Canadian and English universities, both chartered and unchartered, and a five year ethnographic study of academic staff in a single unchartered English university.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Higher Education
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 20887
Deposited By: Ms Margaret Calder
Deposited On: 02 Dec 2008 14:39
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:41
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/20887

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