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ERIC Number: ED003372
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 216
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EFFECTS OF COLLEGE UPON STUDENT ASPIRATIONS.
THISTLETHWAITE, DONALD L.
THE MAJOR OBJECTIVES WERE TO IDENTIFY THE TYPES OF COLLEGE ENVIRONMENTS WHICH STRENGTHEN OR WEAKEN UNDERGRADUATES' DISPOSITION TO SEEK ADVANCED TRAINING AND TO FORMULATE STEPS WHICH COLLEGE ADMINISTRATORS OR FACULTIES MIGHT TAKE TO ENCOURAGE TALENTED STUDENTS. A PANEL OF APPROXIMATELY 2,000 COLLEGE STUDENTS WAS SURVEYED AT THE BEGINNING OF COLLEGE, AT THE END OF THE SOPHOMORE YEAR, AND AGAIN AT THE COMPLETION OF COLLEGE. MULTIPLE REGRESSION EQUATIONS WERE DEVELOPED FOR PREDICTING TERMINAL DISPOSITIONS TO SEEK ADVANCED GRADUATE OR PROFESSIONAL TRAINING FROM EIGHT PRECOLLEGE CHARACTERISTICS. DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN PREDICTED AND OBTAINED CRITERION SCORES WERE USED AS INDEXES OF CHANGES IN DISPOSITIONS. THESE INDEXES WERE CORRELATED WITH MEASURES OF COLLEGE ENVIRONMENTS AND REPORTED EXPERIENCE DURING COLLEGE. THE FOLLOWING HYPOTHESES WERE CONFIRMED--(1) DISPOSITIONS TO SEEK ADVANCED GRADUATE TRAINING ARE STRENGTHENED BY EXCELLENT TEACHERS OR ROLE MODELS IN THE STUDENT'S MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY, UPPER CLASS STUDENT SUBCULTURES CHARACTERIZED BY A STRONG PRESS FOR INTELLECTUALISM OR LARGE PROPORTIONS OF PEERS PLANNING TO SEEK ADVANCED DEGREES, MAJOR FIELD TEACHERS WHO PROVIDE POSITIVE EVALUATIONS OF THE STUDENT'S ABILITY, HONORS PROGRAMS OR GRADUATE-LEVEL COURSES AS UNDERGRADUATES, UNDERGRADUATE PARTICIPATION IN RESEARCH PROJECTS, AND SOCIAL RECOGNITION OR EXPERIENCE OF WINNING HONORS OR AWARDS, AND (2) DISPOSITIONS TO SEEK ADVANCE STUDY WERE WEAKENED BY TEACHERS WHO EITHER DEMAND STRICT COMPLIANCE WITH COURSE OR CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS OR WHO STRESS THE PRACTICAL OR VOCATIONAL VALUES OF EDUCATION, AND STUDENT PEER GROUPS EXERCISING STRONG PRESS TO PARTICIPATE IN PLAY OR SPECTATOR ACTIVITIES. (HB)
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Authoring Institution: Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN.
Identifiers: TENNESSEE; Tennessee (Nashville)