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ERIC Number: ED062933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 6
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Major Field Transfer: The Self-Matching of University Undergraduates to Student Characteristics.
Kojaku, Lawrence K.
The initial decisions that young people make about their educational plans are often tentative and subject to change. Previous research indicates that generally one-third to one-half of university undergraduates change from one major field to another. This study attempted to show that when students change from one curricular specialization to another, they are matching themselves to the characteristics of other students. More specifically, the study assessed the degree to which university undergraduates changing major fields are similar to students in the fields they enter and in the fields they leave on measures of activities, attitudes, family background, aptitude, and personality traits. The findings of this investigation imply that after curricular transfer there is greater homogeneity within each major field and greater heterogeneity between major fields than before transfer. This study therefore gives evidence that major field turnover is to some extent logical, orderly, and predictable. There may be significant implications for institutional and departmental admissions, counseling and guidance, and for curriculum evaluation, planning, and reform. (HS)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles.