ERIC Number: ED025996
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
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Intellect and Commitment: The Faces of Discontent.
An analysis of student protest movements on 3 separate campuses revealed that leaders of the movements were brighter than average, usually classified themselves as non-religious, but were morally concerned about social and political issues. Participants in the Free Speech Movement (FSM) at Berkeley were found to have similar characteristics, and Center researchers conducted a more detailed study on initiators of and participants in the movement. Three hypotheses were used to compare FSM students with non-participating or average students: (1) that FSM participants are better students, more autonomous, have broader intellectual dispositions and obtain higher GPAs, (2) that there is a larger percentage of transfer students in the FSM group, and (3) that the majority of transfer students come from selective liberal arts, private, and public institutions. Three student samples were surveyed: 188 FSM participants who had been arrested, 60 FSM volunteers, and a randomly selected group of non-participating seniors. Findings of the study supported the 3 hypotheses. The arrested and volunteer students represent an unusual group that possesses exceptional scholarship potential, and their concern about social problems and political issues is secondary to their educational goals. They felt a need to become involved in academic matters and to attempt to establish a relationship between their education and problems in the world. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Center for the Study of Higher Education.
Note: Edited version of article in Order and Freedom on the Campus, WICHE and Center for the Study of Higher Education, 1965.