ERIC Number: ED241484
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-13
Reference Count: 0
The Degree of Satisfaction with Institutional Climate as Perceived by Female Students in Teacher Education: An Exploratory Study.
Gustafson, Mary; Sorgman, Margo
A study compared perceptions of institutional climate among four categories of female education students at the University of Utah: traditional age students (age 24 and under) who are Latter Day Saints (Mormons) or non-Latter Day Saints (non-LDS); and older students (age 25 and over) who are LDS or non-LDS. It was hypothesized that older students would have a different set of needs and concerns and would express a greater degree of dissatisfaction with the institutional climate and that the older non-LDS students would be more outspoken and assertive about institutional climate. Eighty undergraduate female students filled out questionnaires, and study results indicated that returning female students face barriers of financial hardships and conflicts about personal issues. Few students reported a concern about faculty role models or faculty who discriminate against them because of age or sex. Returning students, regardless of religious affiliation, indicated a significantly higher degree of dissatisfaction with institutional climate, as was predicted. Assertiveness was not a factor in limiting or predicting expression of dissatisfaction with institutional climate, and in contrast to the hypothesis, LDS students were more assertive, regardless of age. Based on study subject needs, 10 recommendations for institutional change at the University of Utah are offered. (JMK)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Assertiveness, College Environment, Comparative Analysis, Education Majors, Females, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, Nontraditional Students, Preservice Teacher Education, Religious Factors, Student Attitudes, Student Needs, Student Problems, Undergraduate Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (1st, Jackson Hole, WY, October 13-15, 1983).