Operationalizing Academic Justice: A Second Conceptual and Methodological Report

Thomas E. Reed, Eastern Kentucky University

Applying the empirical law of effect, Margolis explains Kuhn's idea of incommensurability as learned belief barriers, i.e., habits of mind that block scientific use of data and undermine problem-solving potential. This paper reports on a project that applies Margolis' analysis to university governance and the quality of academic justice. Conceptually, academic justice reflects the degree to which shared governance facilitates the production of knowledge diversity and controls knowledge destruction. Discussion of refinement and further pretests of a 48 item survey explains how academic justice can be operationalized as a management tool to identify Kuhnian problem exemplars and exemplary problem solutions.

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