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ERIC Number: ED135716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
Academic Ideology and the Post-activist Generation: Students' Reactions to the University.
Long, Samuel
This research paper investigates the manner in which academic perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes of university students can be differentiated on the basis of students' sociopolitical identifications. Four specific hypotheses about politically liberal versus conservative students are examined: (1) liberal students will express greater demands for student participation in the university governance process, (2) liberal students will manifest greater feelings of academic alienation, (3) liberal students will offer more critical evaluations of the university academic environment, and (4) liberal students will perceive greater ideal-real discrepancies in evaluating university goals and characteristics. Survey data were collected from 460 students enrolled at Southern Illinois University in May 1973. Both bivariate correlational analysis and multiple discriminant analysis of the data were employed. Relatively strong support is provided for all four hypotheses. Furthermore, using composite indicators, it is established that the four dimensions of student reaction to the university exhibit moderate levels of constraint and, thus, constitute a rudimentary academic belief system. The findings are discussed within the context of the university as a quasi-political system. Six data tables, attitude scales used in the survey, and an extensive reference list are included. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (New York, New York, August 30-September 3, 1976)