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ERIC Number: ED017242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-May
Pages: 6
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UNDERSTANDING JUNIOR COLLEGE STUDENTS.
BOSSONE, RICHARD M.
ADMINISTRATORS WHO EXPECT TEACHERS TO HAVE A SYMPATHETIC ATTITUDE TOWARD THE JUNIOR COLLEGE STUDENT MUST PROVIDE MORE THAN THE USUAL TEXTBOOK DATA TO WORK FROM. TO UNDERSTAND A STUDENT'S PSYCHOLOGICAL AND ACADEMIC PROBLEMS, THE STAFF MUST BE AWARE OF CERTAIN INFLUENCES. THE STUDENT'S BACKGROUND IS OFTEN A LOWER WHITE- OR BLUE-COLLAR HOME, WITH NO ESTHETIC INTEREST AND LITTLE PRIVACY, WHERE PARENTS ARE CONSERVATIVE IN POLITICS BUT IN AWE OF AUTHORITY, MORE SYMPATHETIC TO INDUSTRY THAN TO THE PROFESSIONS, LIKELY TO BE PERSONALLY DISCONTENTED BUT TO BELIEVE GENERALLY IN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, AND, ALTHOUGH LIVING MORE IN THE PRESENT THAN THE FUTURE, TO PREFER SECURITY TO SELF-EXPRESSION. THIS AMBIVALENCE DEPRESSES THE STUDENT'S EDUCATIONAL AMBITION, LIMITS HIS LANGUAGE SKILLS, AND CONSTRICTS HIS OVERALL SOCIAL CONCEPTS. HE THUS NEEDS GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING AND SUCH STUDENT ACTIVITIES AS WILL COUNTERACT THESE NEGATIVE PRESSURES AND STIMULATE INTELLIGENT DEVELOPMENT. MUCH CAN BE DONE BY HONEST APPRAISAL OF DEFICIENCIES, BY ATTENTION TO REMEDIAL ENGLISH AND STUDY HABITS, AND BY USE OF MATERIAL. PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS AND TEACHERS TRAINED ON THE JOB ARE MOST LIKELY TO RECOGNIZE THE EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL IMMATURITY OF THE STUDENT AND TO DEVELOP AND CORRECT HIS OUTLOOK AS REQUIRED. THIS ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED IN "THE JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION," VOLUME 36, NUMBER 5, MAY 1965. (HH)
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