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ERIC Number: ED033388
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 10
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Student Activism and the Characteristics of Activists.
Dickinson, James C.
Few accurate or complete pictures of the issues leading to student protests and the relation of these issues to the characteristics of the institutions and the protestors exist. In an investigation of the content and distribution of protest, the following trends were discovered: (1) protests varied in form, content, and consequences, (2) the most common issues were the Vietnam War, dormitory or living regulations, and civil rights; and (3) the major consequence has been decreasing faculty loads and increasing salaries. Liberal arts and private universities in the East, West, and Central areas produced more organized protest. The issues varied from area to area. Protestors approximated between one and two percent of the student enrollment. The weight of the published evidence clearly supports the proposition that activist students are mainly an intellectual elite who would be considered the most attractive students a school might recruit. Kenniston does not consider these activists alienated but merely going through a stage he calls the "stage of youth" after mastering the ego tasks of adolescence. Bettelheim feels activists are "sick." The author feels that perhaps the activists are no "sicker" than our society. (Author/KJ)
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Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City.