ERIC Number: ED281463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Students' Personal Growth during the First Two Years of College. ASHE 1987 Annual Meeting Paper.
Terenzini, Patrick T.; Wright, Thomas M.
The effect of collegiate experiences on students' reported personal development during the first two years of college were studied after controlling for individual, prematriculation differences. LISREL (LInear Structural RELationships) Analysis was employed to fit Tinto's theoretical framework to the variables and processes potentially involved in the impact of college on students' personal growth. Results indicate that while both social and academic integration levels are reliably related to reported personal growth in each year, academic integration appears to have the stronger influence, particularly in the sophomore year. Academic and social integration in the first year was related to integration levels in the second year, but the evidence suggests that reported personal development in the freshman year may be independent of the growth reported in the sophomore year. Findings generally support the construct validity of Tinto's theory and of its utility for studying college student outcomes other than attrition/retention behaviors. From a practical standpoint, the results suggest that students' integration into the academic system of the college may be as important to their personal growth as to their academic and intellectual development. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting; LISREL Analysis; Tinto Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (San Diego, CA, February 14-17, 1987).