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ERIC Number: ED139484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 54
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A Study of the Level of Self-Actualization of Students Enrolled in an Interdisciplinary General Education Program at Miami-Dade Community College.
Blye, Kenneth A.
A study was conducted to examine the effect of Miami-Dade Community College's Intercurricular Studies Division on the level of self-actualization of students participating in the program. The two-semester program emphasized development of the student as a total person: first semester courses utilized the concept of "self" as an interdisciplinary focus; second semester courses centered on the natural and social environments and the student's ability to function effectively in a group. A humane learning environment was facilitated by organizing students into small primary groups known as "families" which met weekly with an instructor. An experimental group (n=60) and a control group (n=60) were randomly selected from students participating in the program for 32 weeks and 16 weeks, respectively, and were pre- and post-tested on level of self-actualization by means of the Personal Orientation Inventory. No significant differences were found, although positive mean gains did occur for both groups and the experimental group showed consistently greater change in a positive direction. It was concluded that the program appeared to be viable in contributing to positive change in student self-actualization but that length of time spent in the program did not significantly affect change in the level of self-actualization. (JDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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