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V. SIR Component
Using the SIR as an educational tool begs the question: What components
comprise the SIR? Banning
,
38
adapting Lewin’s behavioral function B =
f (p x e)
,
39
proposed that the SIR was the interaction (x) of the student
(p) and the institution (e). A further evolution of the equation more pre-
cisely explicates the SIR, its components (constructs and dimensions of
those constructs), and its functional structure. In a multi-site study at three
upstate South Caroloina colleges — a Research I Land Grant institution,
a Master Regional Comprehensive public institution, and a small private
religious affiliated liberal arts college — Boyd
et al.
found that these stu-
dents’ personal and social responsibility learning-focused SIR is equal to
the Relational Participant (P) interacting with (x) the Relational Context or
Environment (E) or SIR = P x E
.
40
The core components of the relationship emerged from qualitative anal-
yses of responses to two open ended questions, asking “which institutional
representatives” and “what type of interactions” did the students believe
contributed most to their perceptions of the personal and social responsi-
bility learning-focused SIR. The authors supplemented the core relational
components examined in this initial qualitative study with additional di-
mensional elements and examples based on an extensive review of the
organization-person relational literature (and indicated as such throughout
the following tables.). A comprehensive taxonomy of the SIR constructs,
38 J
AMES
H. B
ANNING
,
C
E
S
A
(1978).
39 K
URT
L
EWIN
,
P
T
P
(1936).
40 Karen D. Boyd
et al., The SIR: A Taxonomy of the Student-Institution Relationship
(unpublished).
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