New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Educational Research and Methods
The purpose of this paper is two-fold. First, we identify the need for a multi-theoretical research model that allows us to describe the potential for organizational change at the start of an educational change initiative in higher education. Second, we put forth our research model. To accomplish the first purpose, we set the stage for the literature review upon which our argument is grounded by describing educational change initiatives in higher education in general, the institutional context in which our particular change initiative is situated, and the theory of action that guides the intervention. Next, we discuss two bodies of research literature: (a) literature that describes the nature of institutions of higher education upon which we grounded our ontological perspective of these organizations, and (b) literature on organizational change that contributed to our epistemological perspective for researching an educational change initiative. We finish the review by considering the usefulness of a model grounded on several theories. To accomplish the second purpose, we put forth the research model, connecting the elements of the model to our ontological and epistemological perspectives. Our research model is based upon several theories and attends to the multi-dimensional, multi-level organizational phenomena and factors we believe to be important. We conclude the paper by describing our model’s usefulness by detailing some of the research methods we are using that allow exploration of pertinent phenomena. Finally, we reflect on the practicality of our research model towards informing and revising an intervention’s theory of action, as well as its feasibility for other efforts to improve and study related change in postsecondary education organizations.
Bouwma-Gearhart, J., & Sitomer, A., & Quardokus Fisher, K., & Smith, C., & Koretsky, M. (2016, June), Studying Organizational Change: Rigorous Attention To Complex Systems Via A Multi-theoretical Research Model Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25945
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