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Date of Award
Thesis and Dissertation-ISU Access Only
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Department of Educational Administration and Foundations: Educational Administration
Understanding the dynamics of student organizations is a phenomenon that continues to elude student affairs practitioners. While there are theories that speak to group stages of development and ones that address how individual students develop, there is little information to suggest how the culture of a inter/national sorority’s chapter on campus was created. The purpose of this study was to explore the factors that influence how culture manifests and changes within National Panhellenic Conference Sorority collegiate chapters utilizing a multisite case study design. Participants were asked to participate in semi-structured interviews, focus groups, photo journaling, and observations to explore the interplay between the variables indicated by Schein (2017) as part of cultural formation. One of initial participants at each of the four campuses was asked to facilitate a confidential peer focus group for the purpose of enriching the data set with the goal of better comprehending how the culture of the chapter is taught and passed on.
Cole, Suzette Walden, "Turning the Inside Out: Understanding Cultural Formation within National Panhellenic Conference Sorority Collegiate Chapters" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 1187.