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Community Colleges and Their Students: Co-construction and Organizational Identity
     

Community Colleges and Their Students: Co-construction and Organizational Identity

by J. Levin, Virginia Montero-Hernandez
 

This book employs a socio-cultural approach to study the organizational dynamics and experiences of self-formation that shape community college life. The authors use case studies to analyze both the symbolic dimension and practices that enable the production of educational experiences in seven community colleges across the U.S. Levin and Montero-Hernandez explain

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This book employs a socio-cultural approach to study the organizational dynamics and experiences of self-formation that shape community college life. The authors use case studies to analyze both the symbolic dimension and practices that enable the production of educational experiences in seven community colleges across the U.S. Levin and Montero-Hernandez explain the construction of organizational identity and student development as a result of the connection between institutional forces and individual agency. This work emphasizes the forms and conditions of interaction among college personnel, students, and external groups that were enacted to respond to the demands and opportunities in both participants’ local and larger contexts. The authors acknowledge both the collective and individual efforts of community college personnel to create caring community colleges that support nontraditional students.

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"A carefully designed empirical study and a valuable addition to the field...The base of evidence is extensive, consisting of site observations and detailed interviews with students, faculty members, and administrators. One distinctive feature of the book is the generous sprinkling of direct quotations, both short and long. Deans, counselors, instructors, and students all have their say." - Christina Stern, Academe

"Community colleges are unique institutions of higher education with distinctive conceptual theories and stories to be told. We see the concept of co-construction as critical for practitioners, policymakers, and scholars in understanding community colleges as institutions that are impacted by the influences of students, just as the students are influenced by the college, faculty, administrators, staff, and other students. We recommend this book as an excellent resource for understanding the experiences of today's students." - Rufus Glasper, CPA, Chancellor, Maricopa Community Colleges and Susan T. Kater, Director, Institutional Planning, Research & Effectiveness, GateWay Community College

"This book's innovative application of organizational theory to detailed case studies will change the way scholars and practitioners think about contemporary community colleges and will open new avenues to increased student and institutional success. The voices of the students portrayed in Community Colleges and Their Students should cause all of those who care about the role of community colleges in American society to rethink our intentions for those vital institutions and our obligations to those they serve." - Brian Pusser, Associate Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Higher Education, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230615106
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date:
11/12/2009
Edition description:
2009
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

John S. Levin is the Bank of America Professor of Education Leadership and the Director and Principal Investigator of the California Community College Collaborative (C4) at the University of California, Riverside. Previously, he was the Joseph D. Moore Distinguished Professor and the W. Dallas Herring Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University. From 1993 to 2002, he was affiliated with the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona. He holds a Doctorate of Education degree (Higher Education) and a B.A. (English) from the University of British Columbia and an M.A. (English Literature) from York University in Toronto. He was a college instructor and administrator for 23 years in British Columbia, Canada. His research has addressed higher education in both the United States and Canada. He is a widely published scholar in the U.S. and an acknowledged expert on community colleges in Canada. His work appears frequently in both U.S. and Canadian publications. His books in this decade--Globalizing the community college (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001), Community college faculty: At work in the new economy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and Nontraditional students and community colleges: The conflict of justice and neo-liberalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)--are empirically based examinations of community colleges.

Virginia Montero-Hernandez is a Doctoral Candidate in Education at the University of California, Riverside. She was born in Mexico City and obtained her B.A. in Educational Science in Mexico. She was awarded a scholarship from the Council of Science and Technology in Mexico to pursue her graduate studies in the United States. Her research interests focus on the study of identity formation among students and faculty members in higher education institutions. She has worked as a graduate student researcher with Dr. Levin since 2006 to develop new understandings about community colleges and to develop opportunities for research collaboration by using both the Mexican and U.S. contexts as objects of study.

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