ERIC Number: ED055955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Correlates of Student Interest in Social Issues.
Fenske, Robert H.; Carmody, James F.
This study assessed the degree of intellectual interest or involvement which a national sample of 5,623 seniors in 65 colleges and universities has in eight contemporary social issues. Also examined were the relationships of some commonly studied educational variables to this interest. Questionnaire items pertained to the students' evaluation of the college experience; postgraduate plans; and sources as well as degree of satisfaction with their colleges' social, academic, and intellectual climates. Stepwise multiple regression and discriminant function analyses were used to determine relationships. The frequency and percentage distributions of the responses are also presented and analyzed. The dependent variable was a composite index of four intellectual activities: discussed, read article, attended lecture, and read book. A wide range of interest was shown among the issues: the minority group issue accounted for more activities than any other by far; student protest, population explosion, and urban problems were the next three most popular; pollution, effects of thermonuclear war, and developing countries followed in order; and all were far ahead of farm problems in extent of indicated interest. Ten personal and background variables were examined singly and in aggregate and showed surprisingly weak relationships with the dependent variable. (Author/JLB)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Students, Higher Education, National Surveys, Research Projects, Social Attitudes, Social Problems, Social Science Research, Sociology, Student Attitudes, Student Interests, Student Participation
Research and Development Division, The American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52240 ($1.00)
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Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA. Research and Development Div.