ERIC Number: ED219705
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Using the 16 PF and a Personality Self-Rating Instrument to Assess Differences between Declared and Undeclared University Sophomores.
Smith, H. Dan
Previous research dealing with educational and vocational choices of college students has resulted in contradictory theories about why some students remain undecided. To determine if self-reported personality characteristics, when studied in conjunction with tested characteristics, increased the ability to discriminate between academic populations, 50 university sophomores who had declared a major were compared with 50 undecided sophomores. The declared sophomore was identified as more venturesome, conservative, self-assured and intelligent; their self-ratings indicated more sober, self-sufficient, intelligent, venturesome and practical tendencies. Undeclared students appeared to be more timid, experimenting, and less intelligent; their self-ratings yielded responses of being happy-go-lucky, less intelligent, timid, imaginative, and tense. The findings suggest that the general theme of the student profiles indicates that undeclared students have less positive feelings about themselves. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Conference of the International 16 PF (1st) and the Cal Poly Career-Vocational Association (2nd), (San Luis Obispo, CA, March 5-6, 1981).