ERIC Number: ED341342
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Closing the Zipper: Exploring Course Specific Goals.
Atchison, Leigh A.; And Others
A study was done to identify college student course goals and to compare student goals with faculty goals. The study used the Student Goals Exploration (SGE) inventory and administered that inventory in early spring semester of 1991 to 221 students enrolled in introductory psychology courses at a small public liberal arts college. The SGE Faculty Perspective was also administered to the three instructors teaching sections of the course. The data obtained were analyzed using a statistical system, developing frequency tables for each variable and visually scanning and comparing student responses to each other and to instructors. Data regarding sex differences was also analyzed. The subjects were 74 percent freshmen, 84 percent white, and 64 percent female. Student goals were strongly vocational and highly individualistic. A comparison of student and faculty goals found many in common. Differences included students holding more independent, personal goals aimed at career success while faculty held goals for the study of specific areas of psychology that students did not share. All of the faculty held interpreting numerical data as an essential goal while 67 percent of the student regarded it as unimportant. Gender analysis found females to have higher personal development or improvement goals and higher test-taking anxiety. Included are nine references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Lexington, KY, November 13-15, 1991).