ERIC Number: ED063102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Science in Liberal Arts Colleges. A Longitudinal Study of 49 Selective Colleges.
Snelling, W. Rodman; Boruch, Robert F.
This book will provide administrators, educators, and counselors in secondary and higher education environments with significant data on the influences behind a student's decision to choose a particular college. Specifically, it provides descriptions of some temporal and behavioral aspects of the liberal arts science graduates' decisions to enter the sciences and to choose the liberal arts college: when students form vocational judgments about entering the science; at what stage of their education the choice of a specific field is made; and what graduates perceive as major influences determining such choices. Prepared under the auspices of the Research Corporation, the study considers five categories (biology, pre-medicine, chemistry, mathematics, and physics) of graduates from 49 private four-year liberal arts colleges of acknowledged high quality. Data were extracted from responses to a six-page questionnaire completed by 16,395 science majors graduated during 1958-1967. Findings show that nearly half of the science majors responding had decided their major by the time they were in the ninth grade, although the specific science was not usually decided upon until later. Pre-medical students made their decisions the earliest, closely followed by those majoring in physics. (Author/PR)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Career Planning, College Choice, Colleges, Counselors, Enrollment Influences, Liberal Arts, School Counseling, Science Careers, Sciences
Columbia University Press, New York
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