ERIC Number: ED022200
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Feb-7
Reference Count: 0
Changes in Life Goals of College Students and Their Relationships to Personality and College Environments.
Braskamp, Larry A.
Changes in the rated importance of five student life goals were compared with (1) student personality orientations and college environmental press factors, and (2) congruent interactions between college environment and student personality characteristics. At three diverse colleges (identified as intellectual, social, and enterprising), entering freshmen completed the American College Survey in the fall of 1964. The same students filled out a parallel form the following spring (1965). Rated importance of life goals in public affairs, religion, reading, science, and family (on a four-point scale) served as the criteria of change. Despite methodological limitations and differences in percentages of the spring survey completion, appropriate statistical analysis supports the following conclusions. For most life goal areas, changes in college students were only slightly due to either college press or personality factors. However, when college press and personality orientation are mutually supportive, the students changed in the expected directions. Students development was viewed as a product of personality orientation and concurrent external conditions allowing change and development in a direction congruent with personality orientation. (WR)
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Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, Illinois, February 7, 1968.