ERIC Number: ED095981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May-30
Reference Count: N/A
The Self-Actualization of Polk Community College Students.
Pearsall, Howard E.; Thompson, Paul V., Jr.
This article investigates the concept of self-actualization introduced by Abraham Maslow (1954). A summary of Maslow's Needs Hierarchy, along with a description of the characteristics of the self-actualized person, is presented. An analysis of humanistic education reveals it has much to offer as a means of promoting the principles of self-actualization with students. The Personal Orientation Inventory, developed by Everett Shostrom, is an objective paper and pencil personality test that measures 14 different scales of self-actualization. This article reviews some of the relative research done with the POI on college students. A description of the POI and its scales is also offered. The heart of this article is an analysis of the POI results on samples of community college students. POI data and profiles are presented for male and female vocational-technical Associate of Science degree aspirants and college parallel Associate of Art aspirants at Polk Community College. The students are also compared with a 4-year university freshmen sample. The t-test of significance reveals several interesting differences between the groups. The article concludes with a summary of the results and recommendations for implementation. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nova Univ., Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Identifiers - Location: Florida