ERIC Number: ED038946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
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Student Activism and Ideology in Higher Education Institutions. Final Report.
Kerpelman, Larry C.
To identify the characteristics of activists and nonactivists, 229 students at 3 institutions were studied. The students were divided into 6 groups: left, moderate, and radical activists; left, moderate, and radical non-activists. The institutions were a small private liberal arts college, a medium-sized private university, and a large public university. Researchers met with the students in small groups on each campus and administered, in a 2 hour session, questionnaires. These instruments measured intelligence, personality, attitudes, values, extent of political activism, and political ideology. The anonymity of individuals and organizations was guaranteed. Results indicated that significant personality differences existed only between the 2 major groups of activists and non-activists. Activists were more independent, more sociable, more socially ascendant and more assertive. Right activists and right non-activists were highest on "Authoritarianism" and left activists lowest. Right and left activists were both highest on "Autonomy." (NF)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst. Dept. of Psychology.