ERIC Number: ED024315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Patterns of Development in Thought and Values of Students in a Liberal Arts College: A Validation of a Scheme. Final Report.
Perry, William G., Jr.; And Others
As a contribution toward understanding intellectual and moral growth in late adolescence in a pluralistic society, a developmental scheme representing an evolution in forms of thought and values was abstracted from students' reports of their experience. The raw data consisted of transcripts of recorded "open" interviews held with volunteer students at Radcliffe and Harvard Colleges at the end of each college year. Two samples were used. Of the 9 "positions" in the scheme's main line of development, the first 3 represent a simple right-wrong structure and their adjustment to diversity, the middle 3 trace the move to a generalized relativistic structure in which students face the issue of identity through personal commitment in a relative world, the last 3 represent stages in the growth of commitment. Included in the scheme are 3 conditions of delay or alienation expressing defection from the main line. Testing the validity of the scheme, judges rated interviews under 4 conditions. Within strict limits, the findings are valuable because they demonstrate the feasibility of assessing the epistemological and axiological development of late adolescents, and it validates a common theme of commitment in human development. (JS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Bureau of Study Counsel.