ERIC Number: ED032074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
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The Relationships Among Student Characteristics, Changed Instructional Practices and Student Attrition in Junior College. Final Report.
Cohen, Arthur M.
This study of student attrition in a public junior college used personality measures and demographic data as independent variables. Student dropout, defined as failure to complete the semester or to transfer to another institution, was the dependent variable. Instruments used were the Omnibus Personality Inventory, the Adaptive-Flexibility Inventory, and a questionnaire constructed for the study. Subjects were 259 freshmen beginning school in a Los Angeles community college in spring semester 1968. Personality configurations displayed by subject students on the OPI were compared with scores attained by a UCLA freshman group and with a normative group. The junior college population was more homogeneous than either reference group on every scale. Significant relationships were found between high Complexity scores and dropout. Other significant findings were: dropouts were enrolled for fewer than twelve units; tended to be employed more time outside of school; had attended more schools prior to tenth grade; had mothers with less education. Dropouts had lower mean scores on the A-F Inventory, but the differences were not significant. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Identifiers - Location: California