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ERIC Number: ED131822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Commuterism: Student Affairs Staff Attitudes Toward Students Living Off-Campus. Research Report No. 3-76.
Foster, Margaret E.; And Others
The Situational Attitude Scale - Commuters (SAS-C) was employed to measure attitudes of student affairs professionals toward commuting students at the University of Maryland, College Park. Two forms of the SAS-C were randomly assigned. Both contained the same 10 situations and bipolar responses, except a term equivalent to students-living-off-campus was inserted into each situation in Form A, while Form B contained a term defining a student living on-campus. Of the 100 items analyzed, 16 items significantly discriminated between the two samples and respondents tended to feel more negative toward commuting students. It was concluded that place of residence was a significant variable in accounting for differences between the two samples, and that prejudice toward commuters does exist and can be measured. Chickering's developmental variables were used as a conceptual framework for understanding dimensions along which commuting and resident students may be viewed differently. A six-stage model oriented toward reducing or eliminating commuterism was also outlined. (Author/LBH)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Commuting Students, Comparative Analysis, Higher Education, Models, Residential Patterns, Student College Relationship, Student Personnel Workers
Counseling Center, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.