ERIC Number: ED153897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Dimensions of Quality of Life as an Index to Aid in Formulating Educational Goals.
Russ-Eft, Darlene; Flanagan, John C.
The study examined the effects of educational experiences on an individual's quality of life after completion of formal schooling. The sample was 500 men and 500 women representative of the entire population of 15-year-olds in the United States in 1960. Because they had participated in Project TALENT during 1960, files were available on their academic abilities, interests, background, and future plans. At the time of the study in 1975, they were 30 years old and had established adult life styles. In interviews in 1975, 75% of the sample identified nine components that were important to their quality of life. On six of these, 80% were satisfied with their present status. These were: health, spouse, job, children, parents and siblings, and close friends. Respondents indicated dissatisfaction in areas of intellectual development, developing maturity, and material well-being. In terms of relevance of their educational experiences, most men would have liked more background in industrial arts, mathematics, and science. Women would have liked more background in business education, foreign languages, and fine arts. Comparative analysis of the 1960 Project TALENT files and the 1975 interviews revealed that similar problems were experienced by the participants in secondary school in the form of inadequate vocational guidance, inappropriate curriculum, and minimal individualized instruction. (Author/AV)
Descriptors: Career Guidance, Curriculum, Educational Experience, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Family Life, Individual Development, Individualized Instruction, Job Satisfaction, Longitudinal Studies, Maturation, Quality of Life, Relationship, Relevance (Education), Research Methodology, Secondary Education, Self Actualization, Self Evaluation, Social Science Research, Tables (Data), Teacher Effectiveness, Values
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA.
Note: Part of the Field Initiated Studies Program