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Online Education as Institutional Myth: Rituals and Realities at Community Colleges


by Rebecca D. Cox — 2005

Relying on data from an in-depth study of 15 community colleges, this article explores online education through the lens of institutional theory. This theoretical perspective highlights the colleges’ environmental contexts and offers a critical examination of the ways that the institutional contexts have structured the colleges’ approaches to online education. At the core of this analysis is the contention that community colleges are interpreting and responding to a set of taken-for-granted ideas about online education. These ideas have taken on the status of myth and have played a powerful role in guiding and legitimating colleges’ online activity. This analysis provides a research-based foundation for understanding online activity at the community college level and for carefully addressing the challenges associated with its adoption.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 8, 2005, p. 1754-1787
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12095, Date Accessed: 3/29/2017 10:43:43 PM

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  • Rebecca Cox
    University of California, Berkeley
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    REBECCA D. COX is a Ph.D. candidate in education at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests center on issues of equity and access in higher education and include investigation of the organizational and institutional contexts of faculty work and the realities of teaching and learning inside community college classrooms.
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