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ERIC Number: ED035403
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Dec
Pages: 23
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Patterns of Educational Aspiration.
Baird, Leonard L.
Some college freshman goals are realistic and some not but they are important both developmentally and socially. The adolescent need of a purpose to guide his behavior serves to continue the interests and values that were rewarding in the past and will help him organize his learning in college. Chances for attainment of his goals are enhanced when they are consistent with his talents and resources. If they are not, his frustration and disappointment cause him to "cool out," drop out, or be unhappy. Of two studies of students whose degree aspirations were discrepant with ability or income, the first concerned degree goals either notably lower or unrealistically higher than others with the same measured aptitude, and the second was of those whose family income was inappropriate to their degree goals. Both subgroups were compared with students with more realistic goals, using the demographic and educational data provided in the Student Profile Section of the ACT Battery. Generally the subgroups' characteristics were similar to other students' except in degree of non-academic achievement. From these findings, aspiration appears an important predictor in its own right, being based to some extent on the experience of success in high school. Academic and extracurricular accomplishments both have a notable impact on aspiration, the latter often being a primary area of satisfaction and therefore having a strong effect on the conception of self and ability. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA. Research and Development Div.