ERIC Number: ED070417
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
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Academic Ability, Nonacademic Accomplishments and Ideational Productivity in High-Risk and Regularly Admitted College Students. Final Report.
Menges, Robert J.
Studies of college students have documented a minimal relationship between academic and nonacademic accomplishments and between academic achievement and creative abilities. However, a higher relationship has been shown between productive thinking and nonacademic accomplishments. In this study such relationships are assessed in 2 college populations at the University of Illinois: (1) all freshmen admitted into a special program for high-risk students in 1970, and (2) a comparison random sample of students regularly admitted that same year. Results of a questionnaire indicated that (1) for regular students: all measures of academic ability and achievement were significantly interrelated; productive thinking was related to ability and college achievement for males but was related to no other variables for females; and nonacademic activities score was related to no other variables for males but to ability, high school achievement, and productive thinking for females; and (2) for special students: while academic ability measures were related and achievement measures were related, ability and achievement were not significantly correlated; productive thinking was related to ability for males but to no other variables for females; nonacademic activities score was related to no other variables; and although special students had consistently lower scores on measures of ability, achievement, and productive thinking, they did not differ on number of nonacademic attainments. (Author/HS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Champaign.