ERIC Number: ED347864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Reference Count: 0
What's the Difference?
Alperin, Betsy A.
ACU-I Bulletin, v58 n4 p9-13 Jul 1990
The project described in this article examined the connection between students' overall development level as measured by the Student Developmental Task and Lifestyle Inventory (SDTLI), and their participation in either part-time, on-campus employment or volunteer membership in the Stamp Union Program Council. A group of 141 students (from a total population of 226) were selected and given the SDTLI: a 135-item, true/false questionnaire that focuses on the changes individuals experience as a result of accomplishing a developmental task or having addressed important life events or issues within the context of higher education. Among the study's results were the following: (1) employees appeared to deal better with ambiguity and were better able to monitor and control their behavior than were volunteers; (2) employees tended to exhibit interpersonal qualities that fostered better peer relationships; (3) there appeared to be no difference between employees and volunteers in being able to clarify and have opportunities to define and explore their varied goals and plans, both personally and professionally; and (4) no significant differences were found for the impact of academic class on the developmental level of employees or volunteers. Differences found between white and non-white employees and volunteers are also discussed. (GLR)
Descriptors: College Students, Developmental Stages, Employee Attitudes, Higher Education, Individual Development, Interpersonal Relationship, Job Performance, Racial Differences, School Personnel, Status, Student Development, Student Employment, Student Volunteers, Work Attitudes
Association of College Unions-International (ACU-I), 400 East Seventh Street, Bloomington, IN 47405 ($4).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Clarifying Purpose Task; Developing Mature Interpersonal Relationships Task; Student Developmental Task and Lifestyle Inventory