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ERIC Number: ED012491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Apr
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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THE EDUCATIONAL GOALS OF COLLEGE-BOUND YOUTH.
BAIRD, LEONARD L.
STUDENTS WHO APPROACHED COLLEGE WITH DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL GOALS WERE COMPARED ON THEIR AVERAGE ABILITY, GRADES, NONACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS, REASONS FOR COLLEGE CHOICE, BACKGROUND, EXPECTATIONS CONCERNING COLLEGE, DEGREE PLANS, AND CHOICE OF MAJOR, VOCATION, AND VOCATION ROLE BY THE AMERICAN COLLEGE TESTING PROGRAM (ACT). THE SUBJECTS WERE A 3-PERCENT REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF A POPULATION OF APPROXIMATELY 612,000 STUDENTS TESTED NATIONALLY BY ACT. STUDENTS WHOSE AVOWED GOAL WAS "TO LEARN TO ENJOY LIFE" FREQUENTLY CAME FROM RURAL BACKGROUNDS. STUDENTS WHOSE GOAL WAS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR MINDS HAD HIGH GRADES IN HIGH SCHOOL, HIGH ACT TEST SCORES, AND MORE ACHIEVEMENTS IN LEADERSHIP. STUDENTS WHOSE GOAL WAS VOCATIONAL OR PROFESSIONAL TRAINING (51 PERCENT) CAME FROM FAMILIES WITH SLIGHTLY LOWER FAMILY INCOMES THAN MOST OTHER GROUPS. STUDENTS WHOSE GOAL WAS MARRIAGE OFTEN CAME FROM FAMILIES WITH LOW INCOMES. STUDENTS WHO CHOSE TO DEVELOP THEIR PERSONALITY WERE SOMEWHAT YOUNGER THAN THEIR CLASSMATES. STUDENTS CHOOSING TO DEVELOP A PHILOSOPHY CAME PREDOMINANTLY FROM URBAN BACKGROUNDS. THEY TENDED TO BE SOMEWHAT OLDER. EDUCATIONAL GOALS ARE CLEARLY RELATED TO THE REASONS STUDENTS GIVE FOR CHOOSING A COLLEGE AND TO THE COLLEGE ACTIVITIES IN WHICH STUDENTS PLAN TO PARTICIPATE. MANY STUDENTS COULD BE HELPED BY DISCUSSING THEIR HOPES AND PURPOSES FOR COLLEGE. (PR)
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Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.
Identifiers: ACT Assessment; Iowa (Iowa City)