ERIC Number: ED050680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
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Non-Intellectual Correlates of Black and White Student Grades at the University of Maryland.
Pfeifer, C. Michael, Jr.; Sedlacek, William E.
The purpose of this study was to investigate nonintellectual variables (personality, attitude, etc.) that may be related to the academic performance of black students at the University of Maryland. Black and white samples were drawn from the 1968 freshmen class, and two personality measures were used: the California Psychological Inventory (CPI), consisting of 18 scales, and the Holland Vocational Preference Inventory (HVPI), consisting of 11 scales. Another variable examined was the University Student Census (USC), which is a questionnaire involving student opinion and certain personal information. Data was also obtained on high school extracurricular activities. The GPA at the end of the freshman year was used as the measure of academic success. Pearson correlations were made for each of the scales of the Inventories, point biserial correlation coefficients were computed for each of the extracurricular activities, and an eta coefficient was computed for the first 29 items of the USC; Pearson correlations for the last 17 items. The results indicated that significant relationships for the black students were the Social, Infrequency, and Masculinity scales of the HVPI as well as the Socialization, Communality and Achievement via Independence scales of the CPI. For the whites the Social, Artistic, Masculinity, and Status scales of the HVPI, and the Responsibility, Socialization, Self-Control, Tolerance and other scales were significant. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Cultural Study Center.