ERIC Number: ED028710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Mar
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Educational Choices and Expectations of Male Students Entering a Midwestern University.
Lionberger, Herbert F.; And Others
Research Bulletin, n923 Mar 1967
This research, which was undertaken in conjunction with a larger project to study American colleges of agriculture, was concerned with: the relative importance that male freshmen students of 1964 assigned to reasons for enrolling in the University; the process by which they arrive at these decisions; whether types of student orientations could be discovered from reasons given for attending the University; and if so, the relative incidence of the orientations by schools. The sample consisted of 300 University of Missouri students selected from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, and Agriculture. About 55% came from urban centers, 14% from rural non-farm residences, and 31% from farms. The research instrument chosen was the 64-item Q-Technique. The findings clearly indicated a dominant occupational orientation of male students at the University; academic concern was regarded as a means to other ends. Nonconformity was absent and escapism appeared to motivate few students. Service to humanity and achievement of status appeared to be important secondary concerns. A great diversity of reasons were given for first interest in the University, but "visits to the campus" and "friends in school" were the most frequently mentioned. Students generally came with strongly perceived psychological support from parents, teachers, friends, and counselors. Tables and figures accompany the text. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia. Coll. of Agriculture.