ERIC Number: ED159945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Life Stages and Learning Interests.
Lester, Virginia L.
A series of profiles are presented, drawn from a Student Biographical Inventory questionnaire that asked students to rate themselves on a list of traits. The evaluations, obtained from 2710 entering students at Empire State College, have been grouped into two sets of analysis: traits reflecting the individual's success orientation and traits reflecting academic competence. The resulting profiles were constructed according to sex and seven developmental stages: Pulling Up Roots (2l and Under); Getting into Adult World (22-28); Putting Down Roots (29-36); Mid-Life Transition (37-43); Middle Adulthood (44-50); Late Adulthood (51-60); and Early Retirement (61 and Over). Drive to achieve, leadership ability, ability to handle stress, and independence are four traits analyzed under success orientation. On all four traits, males start out either slightly higher or at the same point as females, decline markedly during mid life and essentially decline during the subsequent three stages. Women, moving upward from a lowpoint, eventually surpass males on three of the four traits. Male and female perceptions of academic, writing, and reading abilities are very similar. Women rate themselves higher but both show a drop during mid-life. A reverse in the patterns occurs on the trait of intellectual self-confidnece. Men see themselves as more confident across almost all the developmental stages. (JMD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: State University of New York Empire State College
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Association for Higher Education (Chicago, Illinois, March 1978)