ERIC Number: ED027585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Feb-7
Reference Count: 0
Curricular Changers and Persisters: How Do They Differ?
Brown, Robert D.
The purpose of this investigation was to determine whether there were identifiable characteristics that distinguish male students who change their academic goals during their first year in college from those who persist. The subjects were 244 students, half of whom were science students, and half humanities students, with half of each group changing, and half persisting. The Omnibus Personality Inventory (OPI), an Intellectual Activities Check List, and a questionnaire were used to gather raw data which was treated statistically with analysis of variance and Chi-square procedures. Clear differences between persisters and changers were noted in science students, with changers higher in flexibility, independence, tolerance of ambiguity, and general receptiveness. In humanities students, however, the differences between persisters and changers were in the opposite direction. Interaction effects and attitude differences are discussed as contributory to these findings. (BP)
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Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Los Angeles, California, February 5-8, 1969.