ERIC Number: ED225077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Scholastic Aptitude Decline and Changes in Study Habits and Attitudes.
DeVito, Anthony J.; And Others
The decade of the 1970's saw an alarming decline in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores of entering college freshmen, and it was theorized that this might be attributed to a corresponding decline in study attitudes. To test this hypothesis, math and verbal SAT scores, study habits, and attitudes of college freshmen in the classes of 1973 and 1983 were compared. Although a decline in SAT scores was found, there was a slight improvement in work methods, teacher acceptance, and educational approval. The results also showed that differences in verbal aptitude between men and women had narrowed, probably due to cultural influences; however, women maintained superior study habits and attitude scores. The findings suggest that a decrease in student activism may account for enhanced behavioral and attitudinal scores. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Scholastic Aptitude Test
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (53rd, Baltimore, MD, April 15-18, 1982).