ERIC Number: ED024970
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep-2
Reference Count: 0
The Potential Activist and his Perception of the University.
Mock, Kathleen R.
In a freshman survey at three University of California campuses, it was noted that freshmen who responded most favorabley on an attitude question concerning a well-publicized activist movement, the Berkely Free Speech Movement (FSM), were much like the demonstrators themselves when compared on a wide range of psychological scales. On issues closely tied to campus life, those reacting favorably to the FSM exceeded their peers in sympathy for the promotion of faculty on the basis of teaching, opposition to loyalty oaths, and greater student involvement in university policy. Personality test data concerning independence of judgment suggest that the potential activists had already attained a way of thinking which reflected freedom and emancipation. Environmentally, the potential activists prefer a situation where they set their own tasks and work independently, and where they have informal access to the staff. Their counterparts prefer traditional classroom organization. The survey conclusion suggests that the student activist is here to stay. It behooves those academicians who will be working with them to learn as much as possible about them so that they can help make the college years fruitful for all concerned. (CJ)
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Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Speech presented at American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, California, August 30 through September 3, 1968.