ERIC Number: ED021261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of the Need Structure of College Students Enrolled in Different Academic Majors: Natural Groupings.
Pietrofesa, John J.
Some 854 upperclassmen and graduate students were administered the Edwards Personal Preference Schedule (EPPS). Profiles were analyzed in individual groupings by major area of study, natural combinations of interest, and indivudal major area groupings by school to identify the dominant personality needs of each group. Cross comparisons were also made. The statistical treatment of the data involved the t-test and analysis of variance with different comparisons of group organization. Because it was assumed that division into broader categories of natural affinities (males and females separated) might accentuate differences among groups, the overall groups were placed into three major classifications: (1) the away from people group, (2) the expressive group, and (3) the toward people group. However, fewer significant differences were identifiable on the 15 scales of the EPPS than when the overall groups were studied. It appeared that combining the narrowly defined groups into broad groupings resulted in a neutralization of individual patterns. Differences found among the natural groups of both the male and female subjects were in the expected direction. The F-ratios suggest a degree of inherent interrelationships among the groups. (Author/IM)
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Authoring Institution: American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Speech presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention, Detroit, Michigan, April 7-11, 1968.