ERIC Number: ED032857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Changing Role Concepts of College Students. Final Report.
Stanfield, Robert Everett; Schumer, Harry
After arriving at college with anticipations of the kinds of attitudes and behaviors they will favor as students, students sometimes transform their initial orientation into an actual student role and sometimes undergo a change and adopt a new set of orientations toward the student role. This study was directed toward determining the ways in which students acquire roles within student cultures. An effort was made to identify both the factors in the precollege environment that are associated with the initial orientation and the nature of interpersonal experiences in the college environment that confirm or change the initial orientation into an actual student role. Data were obtained in the summer of 1965 from 1822 entering students at the University of Massachusetts. An instrument called the Student Preference Schedule was used to measure orientations to the role of students. Such orientations were found to be: measurably diversified; related to aspects of family background; associated with a student's choice of a major and plans for graduate study; important, when combined with ability, in affecting academic performance; generally stable during the first 2 years of college; and measurably related to significant interpersonal encounters with faculty members. Extensive references and tables are included in the report. (JS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst.