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ERIC Number: ED026035
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-May-29
Pages: 40
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Student Characteristics and Change at Napa Junior College.
MacMillan, Thomas F.
At Napa Junior College (California), to test the relationship between college attendance and personality change, 100 volunteers were measured in their first year by the STEP Reading Exam and the ACE Psychological Exam. California Psychological Inventory (CPI) showed a significant range in personality traits from high to low ability students. The values (measured by the Allport, Vernon, Lindzey Scale) were compared for the Napa students and a nationwide sample. The three groups of Napa students were tested in September and May for changes in personality and performance. Of six hypotheses, four were rejected and two were inconclusive. The general findings were: (1) Napa students are comparable in performance to entering freshmen at other institutions; (2) diversity within the college ranges over 67 percentile points on the ACE Exam; (3) there is great diversity of performance on Authority and CPI scales among the three ability groups; (4) by the same scales, there were significant changes in personality between September and May; and (5) there were significant changes in performance on the STEP Reading Exam among low-ability students. A more intensive study should be made of non-cognitive changes during the college years, for, although they seem to have no value as academic predictors, they are central to the process of education. Non-intellective factors, as opposed to academic, obviously have more influence and impact on both personality and performance than most educators are aware of. (HH)
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Identifiers - Location: California