ERIC Number: ED329210
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Fernstudieninteressenten Ihr Selbstbild und Weiterer Studienverlauf. [Interest in Distance Studies. Your Self-Image and Further Course of Study.] ZIFF Papiere 47.
More than 500 prospective students intending to enroll for distance study at the Hagen Fernuniversitat described themselves in aspects of their psychosocial attitudes and behavior. Information was gathered on which of these students actually enrolled for distance education and which of them were still registered for a second year. Compared to various population groups and three conventional student samples, the interviewees saw themselves as more competitive, achievement oriented and assertive, and as less interested in social contacts. Only small differences were found between dropouts and persisters (after one year in distance education): the persisters (before enrollment) had portrayed themselves as more competent and successful in coping with academic and social demands. This finding is discussed as a possible hint of differences in a generalized self concept of competence. Much emphasis is given to possible ambiguities in the interpretation of the results. (81 references and 7 tables of statistical data) (Author/GL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: FernUniversitat, Hagen (West Germany). Zentrales Inst. fur Fernstudienforschung Arbeitsbereich.