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ERIC Number: ED026964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Pages: 27
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A Study of Student Activism.
Baird, Leonard L.
Available data on interests, achievement goals, competencies, self-concepts and personalities were used to survey 12, 432 college freshmen at 31 institutions in Spring 1964. The following spring a checklist which combined a Student Activism Scale with items relating to other extracurricular activities was presented to a sample of 5,129 of the students at 29 institutions. The degree of activism was determined by items checked by the students to indicate their participation in any of several campus activities. Some survey results concurred with earlier findings: the identifiable activists came from middle-class homes where educational experiences had stimulated their mental curiosity, and they were more creative, autonomous, and service-oriented than other students. Unlike previous studies, however, activists were found to be practical rather than romantic, and no less religious or dogmatic than their non-activist peers. They were found to be intellectual but not academically inclined and therefore not outstanding students. They tended to be talented in nonacademic areas such as art, speech, drama and writing. Findings also indicate that a majority of the student activists studied seem to be aggressive, self-confident, and find leadership roles stimulating. Yet they are normal, well-balanced individuals who share many similarities with and are liked by other students. (WM)
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Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.