ERIC Number: ED165530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: N/A
An Empirical Description of Student Subcultures at the University of Maryland. Research Report #4-70.
Fiore, Neil A.; Sedlacek, William E.
A study was conducted to determine if Clark and Trow's (1966) typology of student subcultures could be empirically applied to a description of University of Maryland students. Twelve Counseling Center research staff members faked answers to the 1969 University Student Census (USC), an activities and attitude inventory administered to all undergraduates. The staff members answered the USC twice and faked two roles randomly assigned from the 12 possible permutations of the four student types: academic, collegiate, nonconformist, and vocational. The academic type is highly involved with ideas and highly identifies with the college, faculty, and administration. The collegiate type is not highly involved with ideas but highly identifies with the college. The nonconformist type is highly involved with ideas but does not highly identify with the college, and the vocational type is not highly involved with ideas nor highly identified with the college. Students responding in a particular pattern were identified and were classified as one of the four types if they met certain criteria. The response patterns for the four subcultures were compared with the responses of the 22,544 students who had completed the census. The four types of students differed significantly with regard to their mean grade point averages and tended to differ in their choices of major and college within the university. Based on study findings, each of the four student types are described. A description of Clark and Trow's typology, statistical tables, and references are included. (SW)
Descriptors: Classification, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Grade Point Average, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Majors (Students), Research Methodology, Research Projects, School Surveys, State Universities, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student College Relationship, Student Subcultures, Undergraduate Students
Counseling Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.