ERIC Number: ED027835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
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American Theological Students: A Survey of Their Value Commitments.
Roscoe, John T.; Girling, Paul A.
The few available studies of seminary student values fail to (1) represent values of the US seminary student population as a whole, (2) examine relationships between values and other relevant variables, (3) collect data about a wide range of value commitments, and (4) lend themselves to duplication for purposes of studying value shifts through time. An attempt was made to approach these 4 goals in a nationwide survey involving several thousand college students. The instrument used was the Polyphasic Values Inventory (PVI), which consists of 20 multiple-choice questions with responses organized on a liberal-conservative continuum. This paper is a preliminary report of the survey and concerns the responses of 765 male seminary students from 15 institutions. The 5 items in the PVI selected for this report are freedom of enterprise, race relations, sex relations, belief in God, and belief about the Bible. A comparison of the seminarians' responses with normative data from a larger group of college students reveals that both groups endorse private enterprise, but the seminarians tend to support what may be described as the welfare state. They are more liberal in their views on race relations, and 77% of them, compared to 28% of the other students, expressed a belief in the God of the Bible. The seminarians held a less liberal view of sex, and 35% of them, compared to 22% of the other college students, subscribe to the traditional doctrine of Biblical inspiration. (WM)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Los Angeles, California, February 1969.