ERIC Number: ED285870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
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The Relation of Career Preference and Gender to Attitudes Toward Change.
Smith, Timothy H.; McGroarty, Daniel
A study compared the attitudes toward change held by students preparing for careers as teachers, nurses, medical doctors, and lawyers. It was hypothesized that: (1) education majors are less likely to be open to change than other students; (2) education and nursing ("semi-professions") majors are less likely to be open to change than other students; and (3) there are no significant differences in males' and females' attitudes toward change. Fifty students in each of the four majors at New York area universities completed a profile in the Adjective Check List, involving 300 adjectives an adjectival and 37 attitudinal scales. Statistical analysis of responses indicated that education majors were more open to change than at least one other group on every significant dependent measure but two. "Semi-professional" students were more alike in their collective attitudes toward change and less open to change than were their counterparts. No significant differences were found between males' and females' attitudes toward change. (CB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).