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ERIC Number: ED133237
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Expressed Values: A Structural Model and a Report of a Ten Year Study with Elementary and Secondary Students. A Summary Report.
Dyer, Prudence; Brooks, Richard D.
A study is described which used student compositions in grades 1-12 to examine expressed values over a 10-year period in the James A. Garfield School District in Garrettsville, Ohio. In four sample years, 1,500 students were assigned open-ended essay topics without knowing the writing was part of a research study. Results were analyzed to determine changes in values during the 10 years and to see if students in different grades have different values. Findings showed that students' values change as they grow older, and that boys and girls in the same grade have similar values. Grade-level values are not static--sixth graders in one year have different values from sixth graders in another year. Because these findings were derived from data taken from one school district, they are not generalizable elsewhere. Additional topics for future research might include (1) relationship between national economic or social fluctuations and students' values or (2) congruence among community values, students' expressed values, and the school's stated philosophy. (Author/AV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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