ERIC Number: ED290972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
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Changes in Student Values and Attitudes over a Decade. Research Report #11-87.
Bandalos, Deborah L.; Sedlacek, William E.
To those who remember the student activism of the 1960s and early 1970s, the new generation of college students seems remarkably unconcerned with social issues. A study was conducted to compare the values and attitudes of students attending the University of Maryland, College Park in 1976 and in 1986. Freshmen entering the university in 1976 (N=1,470) and in 1986 (N=713) were administered the University New Student Census, an anonymous questionnaire designed to elicit general information on demographic and attitudinal items. The results showed that there were significant differences between the two groups in terms of personal values and attitudes, especially as related to the areas of career choice and life goals. More specifically, students in 1986 were more likely to choose careers because of high earnings or prestige, and to see the purpose of the university as preparing for jobs than were students in 1976. Students in 1986 were also more likely to choose drug abuse and crime as major national problems, while students in 1976 cited the environment and the economy most often. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.