ERIC Number: ED041819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Research Strategies in Studying College Impact. No. 34.
Feldman, Kenneth A.
This paper presents a broad overview of research on the impact of college on students. The ways in which such research has been done, and the underlying theories and analytical strategies are outlined. Some generalizations based on integration of available studies are presented first, followed by a discussion of the difficulties involved in conceptualizing and measuring "impact". Next, the various orientations used in predicting the nature and direction of impacts are analyzed. They are actuarial, avowed goals and functions of higher education, personality development, life-cycle movement within the general social system, and distinctive social organizational structures and pressures. Ways of measuring college environments and inferring their impacts are then discussed. Finally, some future research topics are suggested along with an analysis of alternative research methodologies. The comparative analysis of research methodologies for college impact studies is an extended and integrative treatment of this topic. The appropriateness of the various methods now used is evaluated and the need to learn the conditions and dynamics of college effects is emphasized. (Author)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, College Environment, College Role, College Students, Colleges, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Personality Change, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Research Problems, Student College Relationship
Research and Development Division, American College Testing Program. P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52240
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Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA. Research and Development Div.