ERIC Number: ED045033
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep-3
Reference Count: 0
Who Studies What Major in College.
Richards, James M., Jr.
This paper presents an analysis and results of the Project TALENT questionnaire given in high-school, the 1-year follow-up questionnaire, and the 5-year follow-up questionnaire, as these dealt with anticipated or actual college majors. A series of tables are presented indicating the fields included in various categories of college majors; the percent of 12th grade sample choosing various college majors at various times; the multiple correlations with Talent tests and prediction of choice of and success in various college majors for those who went to college; an individual scale which shows the highest correlation for each criterion for males and females; and the similarity indices among predictors of various criteria for 12th grade males and females. The major points made from this research are: (1) the best way to predict what a high school student's college major will be is to ask him; (2) the best way to predict his success in that major is to give a conventional test of academic aptitude; and (3) one should use choice as a substitute criterion for success only as a last resort, for the correlates are likely to be different. (AF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.
Identifiers: Project TALENT
Note: Paper presented at a symposium of the American Psychological Association, September 3, 1970