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ERIC Number: ED017230
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov
Pages: 24
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Reference Count: 0
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THE UNDECIDED STUDENT--HOW DIFFERENT IS HE.
BAIRD, LEONARD L.
TO EXAMINE SPECIFICALLY THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN STUDENTS WHO HAD DECIDED ON A VOCATION AND THOSE WHO HAD NOT, TWO SEPARATE STUDIES WERE MADE, ONE OF COLLEGE FRESHMEN AND THE OTHER OF STUDENTS PLANNING TO ENTER COLLEGE. IN STUDY I, 6,289 MALES AND 6,143 FEMALES FROM 31 INSTITUTIONS WERE TESTED BY THE AMERICAN COLLEGE SURVEY NEAR THE END OF THEIR FRESHMAN YEAR. THEY COULD CHOOSE FROM 89 VOCATIONAL FIELDS OR REMAIN UNDECIDED. THE SURVEY INCLUDED 118 SCALES AND RATINGS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON STUDENT INTERESTS, ACHIEVEMENTS, BACKGROUND, ETC. THE MEANS ON ALL VARIABLES WERE COMPUTED FOR 5,838 MEN AND 5,848 WOMEN WHO WERE DECIDED STUDENTS. STUDY II TESTED 59,619 COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS WHO HAD TAKEN THE AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST BATTERY AND WHO PLANNED TO OBTAIN A BACHELOR'S DEGREE. THE STUDY FOUND 45,923 DECIDED STUDENTS AND 13,695 UNDECIDED AND FOUND FURTHER THAT THE ONLY DIFFERENCE OF ANY SIZE CONCERNED COLLEGE GOALS--THE UNDECIDED TENDED TO STRESS INTELLECTUAL ABILITIES. SUCH ITEMS AS ACADEMIC APTITUDE, SELF-CONFIDENCE, ASPIRATIONS, INDICATED NO NOTABLE DIFFERENCES. AT THIS AGE, VOCATIONAL INDECISION SHOULD BE EXPECTED. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA. Research and Development Div.
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