ERIC Number: ED195911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Personality and Persistence in Education: A Longitudinal Study.
Gottfredson, Denise C.
Persistence in educational pursuits is strongly related to the prestige level and income level of an occupation. Personality correlates of persistence in education were examined in the context of a causal model of attainment in an eight-year longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of 2213 young men. Results imply that anxiety and commitment are moderately good predictors of presistence in education even when social background and intelligence are statistically controlled. Schooling experiences, especially grades received, influence the development of personality characteristics that are useful in achieving later-life educational and occupational status. Successful school experiences strengthen student bonds to the school social order. Students react to academic failure by drawing away, and by becoming resentful, detached, and anxious. The implications for schools as socializing agents suggest that schools must accommodate an increasingly heterogeneous mix of students with divergent needs and demands. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for Social Organization of Schools.
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