ERIC Number: ED056363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Student Attitudes: A Study in Alienation. Final Report.
Utech, Myron R.
The research project was a panel, comparative and cross-sectional study of the attitudes of students toward other students, faculty members and administration of a small liberal arts college. Students from a large state university and a medium-sized Catholic university were used as comparison groups. The survey measured the student's definitions of his college experience within the context of 4 alienation variables: meaninglessness, powerlessness, normlessness, and social isolation. The results showed that freshmen come to college with low levels of alienation and by mid-year the levels increase to the extent that they match the other classes. Inter-school comparisons showed that despite some differences in the magnitude of levels of alienation, students at the 3 schools also shared common attitudes toward college experience. It was concluded that despite some variations in magnitude of alienation between subsamples of students at a small liberal arts college and some variations in magnitudes of alienation at the 3 schools, students share, to a high degree, common alienated attitudes. (Author/RK)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Alma Coll., MI.