ERIC Number: ED063856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Development of Intellectual Commitment in University Students.
It was the purpose of this investigation to examine intellectual commitment as an outcome of commonly occurring interests and circumstances, and to attempt to understand some of the circumstances and conditions influencing the development of intellectual commitment. For the purposes of this study, intellectual commitment is defined as an intense and persevering involvement with intellectualism that is manifested by actively pursuing intellectual activities. The investigation focused on the university and the university student, since the university offers a multitude of opportunities for fostering intellectual commitment and the university student is probably developmentally ready to devote himself to something such as intellectualism. The first major hypothesis was strongly supported. That is, pre-university behavior or behavior in high school is a definite determinant of an individual's intellectual commitment. The second hypothesis was also strongly supported. That is, in addition to pre-university behavior, the university environment, through the influence of the individual's associates, is a determinant of the individual's intellectual commitment. (Author/HS)
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Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY.
Note: Paper presented at the 1972 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, April, 1972