ERIC Number: ED038091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Reference Count: 0
The Patterning of Students in their Group Relationships.
Brown, Donald R.
The dominant images that have characterized periods - "intellectualism" of the '30s, purposefulness of the '40s, "apathy" of the '50s, and "idealism" of the '60s - represent population rather than value changes. It may be generally assumed that students come to college believing, to various degrees, that college is a place (1) for intellectual development and growth of personality; (2) for acquisition of vocational training; or (3) to have fun. These views are generally incongruent with the values of the faculty, and students thus tend to seek support from peer groups. As a result of increased awareness, the freshman becomes quickly aware of the hypocrisy and cynicism found in many corners of our society. In college, he should ideally learn how to evaluate what he perceives in a way that permits change and development, but does not lead to alienation. If he does not learn this, he may adopt a set of values by imitation of his peer group. Urban universities will be challenged by more students from deprived backgrounds, student militancy, and the need for adult and community education. Universities can group students in such a way as to maximize educational benefits. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.
Identifiers: Michigan University Pilot Project
Note: Paper presented at a series of Seminars on the Social Psychology of the Future State Metropolitan Campus, the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, February 24, 1966