Type of Document Dissertation Author Crume, Allison Hawkins Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-07082004-175112 Title The Historical Development of the Student Government Association as a Student Sub-Culture at The Florida State University: 1946-1976 Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Robert A. Schwartz Committee Chair Joy L. Gaston-Gayles Committee Member Valerie J. Conner Committee Member Victoria-Maria MacDonald Committee Member Keywords
- Campus Governance
- Florida State University
- Student Culture
- Collegiate Culture
- Higher Education
- Student Government
Date of Defense 2004-05-05 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe focus of this study examines the Student Government Association (SGA) at Florida State University (FSU) from 1946 – 1976. This time period is critical because it covers dramatic and important transitions both at the institutional and state and national levels of educational and social history.
The primary research question to be answered in this study was: How has the student government at Florida State University developed as a student organization over the time period, 1946 – 1976? Sub-questions addressed in the course of the study included:
How and in what ways did external changes in society between 1946 – 1976 affect the student government as an organization and its members?
How and in what ways did internal changes at Florida State University affect the student government as an organization and its members?
Is there a discernable student sub-culture within student government at FSU? If so, what are some of the roles, behaviors, rites, rituals, and ceremonies that mark this subculture and how did they develop historically?
The time period, 1946-1976 was broken into discrete periods, roughly one decade per period. Oral histories were gathered from individuals representing each time period, for a total of 17 oral histories covering the time period, 1932-2000. Content analysis was used to analyze the data. Historical documents, oral history transcripts, and fieldnotes were used to assist in identifying themes and categories.
Some of the issues resonated with each group of participants. The time period of 1946 – 1976 provided a wealth of information to study the transformation of campus governance at FSU. Participants from more recent years proved less likely to be as open and forthright with their experiences whereas older alumni provided valuable insights into the SGA structure.
Students involved in student government were part of a sub-culture on the FSU campus. They were the ambassadors of the institution and were responsible for representing FSU to the university community. Student government was more than just a microcosm of the state and national government. SGA provided a collegial environment for students to try new things and solve practical problems.
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