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To determine how community colleges are portrayed in academic journals, three core higher education journals and three community college journals were examined during the publication years 1990-2000. Information was sought about authorship, institutional affiliation, topics, research methods, and scope of empirical articles. Results indicated that while the two sets of journals varied in their portrayal, there were also some similarities. Readers of community college journals would receive a fuller, more detailed portrait of the community college than would readers of general higher education journals, but both set of journals conveyed an incomplete picture of the colleges complexity, including its multiple missions. When the data are viewed collectively, several findings emerge. First of all, certain commonalities existed across all six journals. Male authors dominated (59%), as did authors from four-year colleges and universities (54% as compared to 41% at community colleges). These percentages mask the range of percentages of male and community college authors. Only one female voice spoke about community colleges in the Journal of Higher Education, while almost 50% of the authors in Journal of Applied Research in Community Colleges were female. (Contains 16 references.) (RC)

Descriptors: Community Colleges, Faculty, Journal Articles, Scholarly Journals, Scholarly Writing, Two Year Colleges











Author: Townsend, Barbara K.; Bragg, Debra; Kinnick, Mary

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7841&id=ED479875



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