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ERIC Number: ED257161
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Student Role Model Selection: A Replication.
McQuillen, Jeffrey S.; Ivy, Diana K.
A study was conducted to investigate the impact of role models on students' perceived competence, stress, and satisfaction with graduate school. Specific emphasis was given to the effects of gender on the evaluation process. Twenty-one male and female graduate students in communications were asked to designate the existence of a role model relationship and the gender and professional rank of the reported role model. Students were also asked to rate their perceived levels of competence, stress, and satisfaction with graduate school. The first analysis was concerned with describing the effects of gender on students' choice of role models. Of the 21 subjects, the six males who reported having role models indicated that those role models were male. Of the four females who reported having role models, three designated a male. These data indicated a tendency for subjects, regardless of gender, to prefer male role models. The majority of the faculty role models selected held the rank of assistant professor. Females who selected female role models reported higher levels of stress than did women with male role models. The males reported the lowest stress level. The results differed slightly with those of a previous study. (The instrument used to measure student competence, stress, and satisfaction with school is appended.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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