ERIC Number: ED078840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jul
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Differences in Characteristics and Outlooks of Men and Women College Students at Various Age Levels.
Hanson, Gary R.; Lenning, Oscar T.
A study was conducted to explore the goals, attitudes, perceptions, and other characteristics of community college vocational-technical students in four age intervals (three of which would be considered adult). Data were gathered at college entrance (with the Career Planning Profile), again after one term at the school (with the In-Program Follow-Up Questionnaire), and finally after most had graduated or were graduating. The sample totaled 7,933 students. For comparison, the sample was split into four age groups: 19 or less, 20-24, 25-39, and 40 and over. Differences in means and percentages were analyzed. The examination of total group differences was completed in an earlier study, so the purpose of this analysis was to relate the overall differences between the groups found earlier to differences between the sexes at each age level. The age levels clearly differed in various measures of developed ability, with older students typically having lower scores. But consistent declines in ability with age on all variables were found only for women. Older students typically earned higher grades than younger students, grades higher than their test scores would indicate. The trend for self-reported high school grades was just the opposite of that for college grades. For both high school and college grades, women had higher averages than men at all age levels. Expected sex differences were found on interests and vocational plans. (KM)
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Note: Paper presented at the North Central Special Interest Group for Community College Research (AERA) (Ann Arbor, Michigan, July, 1973)