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ERIC Number: ED067046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug-8
Pages: 50
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Species of Entering Freshmen: A Typological Study of an Entering Class. Student Orientation Survey III.
Schell, Robert E.
Since new student orientation programs are planned to help the college assimilate large numbers of incoming students into its community with a minimum of agitation and to help the student to effectively adapt to unfamiliar surroundings quickly and effectively, orientation planners must clearly understand the manner in which students interact with the college. This study was designed to facilitate this understanding by describing the educationally related value structures of incoming students, comparing the structure of incoming freshmen with that of upperclassmen, and using the structure obtained to isolate clusters of incoming students with similar value structures. The results of this project suggested that (a) the value structures of the typical entering freshmen and the typical upperclassmen are practically identical, and (b) 5 cohesive types of freshmen exist: progressive pessimists, progressive optimists, traditional optimists, idealistic resistors, and traditional isolates. The implications of these findings for orientation planners are discussed. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Oswego. Coll. at Oswego.