ERIC Number: ED038130
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Student Characteristics; Personality and Dropout Propensity.
Cohen, Arthur M.; Brawer, Florence B.
A compilation of selected research on students in higher education is presented along with a review of two studies on personality and demographic characteristics of junior college students. The personality study was designed to identify potential dropouts, and the demographic study was used to measure heterogeneity and homogeneity among junior college students. These two studies were conducted with 259 freshmen entering a junior college. They were asked to fill out a 34-item questionnaire eliciting demographic information and were rated on the Adaptive- Flexibility Inventory, which is an instrument designed to evaluate ego-functioning in adult populations. Further, they were given the Omnibus Personality Inventory to determine their personal characteristics and values. General findings of the two studies emphasize (1) the importance of family environment in determining student persistence and (2) the length of exposure to higher education as being conducive to personality change. No significant differences were found between dropouts and persistors on several selected measures. The appendix includes the questionnaire that was used in the research. (RC)
Descriptors: Academic Failure, College Freshmen, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Research, Heterogeneous Grouping, Personality Assessment, Student Characteristics, Two Year Colleges
American Association of Junior Colleges, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($2.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.; American Association of Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Adaptive Flexibility Inventory; Omnibus Personality Inventory