ERIC Number: ED030904
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-31
Reference Count: 0
Participatory Education: Involved Students Take the Initiative.
Bilorusky, John A.
The relationship between students and their college/university environment is a mutually interdependent one; the degree of student activity or passivity in this orientation can be determined only by considering the student in the context of his particular environment. This study involves 138 college students in an experimental group who have taken student-initiated courses through the Committee for Participant Education (CPE) and 159 Control group student enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley. The data suggests four orientations in which the groups are differentiated: (1) CPE students are less concerned with vocational and professional training, (2) they are more concerned with affecting social change, (3) they are more aesthetically oriented, and (4) they are more concerned with interpersonal relationships. The two groups differ regarding their perceptions of what the function of the University is and should be. The CPE group tends toward changing the environment, rather than their own orientation. Further research should try to discover whether students learn more when actively involved in curricular change. (AE)
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Authoring Institution: American Coll. Personnel Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper was presented at the American College Personnel Association Convention, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 31, 1969.