ERIC Number: ED345635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Values Assessment at Three Consortium Colleges: A Longitudinal Followup Study.
Burwell, Ron; And Others
A longitudinal study investigated developmental changes in moral and ethical decision-making among college students at three Christian, evangelical, liberal arts colleges. The three colleges had an "ethics across the curriculum" emphasis in place during the period of the study. The study began in 1987 with 99 freshmen from a total incoming class of 1400, of whom 37 percent were male and 63 percent were female. A follow-up study was done in 1991 with the 75 students still enrolled in school. The study used both qualitative and quantitative instruments that included measurement of demographic characteristics, survey of major social issues, a defining issues test, a value survey, a learning context questionnaire, a test of religious problem solving styles, and an interview. Findings indicated that subjects were generally similar to one another and to the college population as a whole and that the students made significant advances in moral reasoning, openness and tolerance, and religious identity. Elements needed to induce more students to take advantage of growth opportunities during their college years are discussed. Included are appendixes containing 22 tables and 56 references. (JB)
Descriptors: Church Related Colleges, College Students, Decision Making, Ethics, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Longitudinal Studies, Moral Development, Moral Issues, Moral Values, Outcomes of Education, Religious Education, Student Attitudes, Student Development, Student Evaluation, Values
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Funding also received from the Christian College Consortium.