ERIC Number: ED022420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-May
Reference Count: 0
Superior Women College Students; a Study of their Self Concepts and Academic Motivation. Final Report.
Simmons, Wilbur D.
To identify the traits that distinguish academically successful college women from those of average attainment, researchers measured the scores and scales recorded by 286 women in the Colleges of Agriculture, Education, and Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana. The components measured were: grade point average (GPA), achievement level, self concept, environment, motivation, attitude, and faculty-student relations. Data were computer analyzed. High achievers (those having a GPA of 4.0 or higher; 5.0=A) were found to be self confident, independent, purposive, had rapport with faculty, and seemed to possess broad socio-cultural awareness. The average group (those having a GPA of 3.3 through 3.8) focused mainly on the social dimensions and pleasures found in the non-intellectual aspects of university life. Environmental factors appear to have the greatest influence on academic achievement. If the college climate is viewed as intellectually stimulating and congruent with personal goals, then it is more likely that effort will be expended to achieve academic success. To create a more supportive academic environment, the university needs to have more background information on its students than it now does. (Author/JS).
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Academically Gifted, College Environment, Educational Environment, Educational Objectives, Females, High Achievement, Liberal Arts, Majors (Students), Motivation, Self Concept, Social Environment, Student Attitudes, Student College Relationship, Student Teacher Relationship, Students, Teacher Education
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana.