FROM PAPER CHASE TO SIR, WITH LOVE
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Relational Setting or Context (E)
Student responses also highlighted the contributions of the Context or Re-
lational Setting (E) to the relationship — where relational participants expe-
rience one another. Students described the dimensions of the relationship
context or the SIR setting as including the number, and structures of their
social systems; the constructed institutional messages and identity com-
municated by institutional culture and climate; and the institutional gover-
nance and administrative organizational choices influencing the relational
settings.
These responses reflect (even co-opting the titles of) some categori-
cal elements of Strange and Banning’s and Renn and Arnold’s illustra-
tion of the college environment
.
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In explicating the environment, Strange
and Banning proposed four components — human aggregate, constructed,
organizational, and physical — without exploring these elements in inter-
action or in a relational configuration. However, Renn and Arnold’s devel-
opmental ecological adaptation of Bronfrenbrenne
r
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to the university re-
conceptualizes portions of these components in interaction. Their visual
depiction of the individual’s perspective of their environment in totality —
a solar system of relational participants with the student in the center —
gives the reader a glimpse of these identified elements and dimensions of
the SIR in interaction, without overtly stating it as such.
These Findings are set out in Figure 3 below.
41 C. C
ARNEY
S
TRANGE
& J
AMES
H. B
ANNING
,
E
D
: C
C
L
E
T
HAT
W
ORK
(2001); Kristen A. Renn & Karen
D. Arnold,
Reconceptualizing Research on College Student Peer Culture
(2003).
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RIE
B
RONFENBRENNER
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T
HE
E
H
D
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BY
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(1979).
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