ERIC Number: ED042404
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Cultural Sophistication and the College Experience.
Chickering, Arthur W.
This report describes 3 studies that attempted to determine the impact of college on cultural sophistication. The studies focused on items relating to student's interest in and liking for poetry, fiction, serious or classical music, and modern art. These items were completed first by entering freshmen in September 1965 at the 7 colleges that participate in the Project on Student Development in Small Colleges, and again in the spring of 1967 by those students enrolled. The studies examined: (1) net change for all entering re-tested students; (2) change for re-tested students who responded "moderately" at entrance; and (3) relationship between change in the "moderate" category and institutional characteristics. Some of the major findings were that: (1) small net changes toward increased cultural sophistication occur for some students at some colleges, but not at other colleges; (2) among students who "moderately" enjoy poetry, fiction, classical music, and modern art at entrance, enjoyment increases quite consistently for women, but frequently decreases for men; (3) differences in college climates, student characteristics and peer relationships, educational practices, and student-faculty contacts are associated with changes in cultural sophistication; (4) changes do not seem to be associated with extracurricular participation in drama, music, art, broadcasting, journalism and literary activities. (AF)
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Project on Student Development in Small Colleges, Plainfield, VT.