ERIC Number: ED313609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
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Self-Development and Academic Achievement--A Longitudinal Analysis.
Inglehart, Marita; Brown, Donald R.
This study examined the way in which the path of development of a professional self influences a person's achievement in the related academic field. It explored how the professional self is developed and how the factors that influence such a development shape a person's performance. Two factors were of interest: (1) the time at which the professional self was developed; and (2) the causes that contributed to this self-development. In the first year of medical school, subjects completed a questionnaire which dealt with their decision to choose medicine as a career. Eighteen items addressed the question of which factors had influenced them to enter medicine. Subjects were 1,156 medical students who were followed for 4 years, beginning with their first year in medical school. It was assumed that all subjects had a professional identity (wanting to become physicians) but that they differed in the development of this identity. Results revealed that it was not necessarily advantageous for a person to decide on a certain career very early in life and/or to base such a decision on external factors. An identity crisis in which a person's abilities and interests were used as reference points for deciding upon a certain profession seemed to be quite beneficial for achievement related directly with a career. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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