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ERIC Number: ED025205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 5
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Student Values Revisited.
Cross, K. Patricia
Although college catalogs contain expressions of devotion to the cause of developing in students a capacity for and commitment to critical thought, there are philosophical, scientific and practical problems surrounding this aim. To measure student values and differences in intellectual dispositions, the Center designed a research instrument, the Omnibus Personality Inventory (OPI). But the question is: in which students and on which campuses is growth most likely to take place? The Trent-Medsker study BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL, which followed 10,000 high school graduates through the next 4 years of their lives as they entered college, the labor market or full time homemaking, indicates that college students become more tolerant, flexible and autonomous in their thinking whereas persons who embark on jobs or homemaking are uninterested in reflective thought. This is borne out by 3 of the OPI scales. By including youths who did not attend college as a control group, it was shown changes cannot be attributed to maturity alone. Related studies show the movement from occupational to intellectual orientations, from grade to learning consciousness, from extrinsic to intrinsic rewards. Very different students attend a wide variety of institutions and studies are under way to identify what factors in the learning environments of 12 colleges promote or inhibit intellectual changes. In its dedication to understanding the processes of higher education, the Center is measuring the entering student, the graduate, and developing means for assessing what happens in between. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for Research and Development in Higher Education.
Note: Article in The Research Reporter; v3 n1 1968