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ERIC Number: ED011916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Dec
Pages: 33
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Reference Count: 0
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THE ENTERING STUDENT, COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE, A STUDY OF THE BACKGROUNDS, MOTIVATIONS, AND GOALS OF ENTERING STUDENTS IN THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AT DAVIS IN 1963 AND 1964.
REGAN, MARY C.; THOMPSON, O. E.
BIOGRAPHICAL, ATTITUDE, AND PERSONALITY INVENTORIES WERE ADMINISTERED TO FRESHMEN COLLEGE STUDENTS IN ALL FIELDS IN THE FALL OF 1963 AND 1964 TO IDENTIFY BACKGROUND, PRESENT ATTITUDES, AND PERSONALITY FACTORS OF THE AGRICULTURAL STUDENT. IN ADDITION, THEIR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN COLLEGE HAD BEEN FOLLOWED. THE STUDENTS IN AGRICULTURE WERE GROUPED ACCORDING TO THE MAJOR SUBDIVISIONS OF THE COLLEGE--PREVETERINARY MEDICINE, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES, AND HOME ECONOMICS. COMPARISONS WERE MADE WITH THE COLLEGES OF LETTERS, AND SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. THE AGRICULTURE STUDENT WAS UNLIKE HIS PEERS IN OTHER COLLEGES. HIS APPRECIATION OF SCIENCE WAS LIMITED PRIMARILY TO ITS APPLICATION IN SOLVING IMMEDIATE PROBLEMS. HE WAS PRAGMATIC AND THOUGHT IN PRACTICAL RATHER THAN ABSTRACT TERMS. HE LEANED TOWARD CONSERVATISM IN POLITICS AND IN HIS GENERAL ORIENTATION. HE MADE HIS DECISION TO ENROLL IN AGRICULTURE EARLIER THAN ENTERING STUDENTS IN OTHER COLLEGES, AND HE VIEWED COLLEGE AS PREPARATION FOR A VOCATION. THE PREVETERINARY MEDICINE STUDENT WAS MORE COMMITTEED TO HIS MAJOR, TO GRADUATION, AND TO GRADUATE SCHOOL THAN THE AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE STUDENT. THE HOME ECONOMICS STUDENT WAS LESS INTERESTED IN SCIENCE, MORE ALTRUISTIC, MORE DEPENDENT UPON OTHERS FOR GUIDANCE, AND MORE CONSERVATIVE THAN HER FELLOW AGRICULTURE STUDENTS. THE TRADITIONAL 4-YEAR UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM SHOULD BE RESTRUCTURED TO MAKE IT MORE LIBERAL. (PS)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Davis.
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