ERIC Number: ED074973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar-8
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Student Choice: A Theoretical Analysis of Higher Education With Some Empirical Evidence Considered.
Staaf, Robert J.
This dissertation constructs an axiomatic choice model based on economic theory to describe college student curriculum choice. In this model, the student decides among alternative courses according to 7 axions. The limited student sovereignty model examines choice in the absence of such institutional constraints on students as grades and course requirements, but in terms of constraints internal to the student as relative aptitudes, time and income. The choice model is then considered with institutional restraints present and is measured against some empirical evidence. Test data on a group of senior students at the University of Delaware in 1970 confirmed the hypothesis that institutional constraints reinforced the curricular choices students made based on their relative aptitudes. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Aptitude, College Students, Curriculum Development, Higher Education, Majors (Students), Student Characteristics, Student Interests
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Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
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