ERIC Number: ED347878
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-17
Differences among Student Groups on Criteria of an Ideal Student.
Gadzella, Bernadette M.; And Others
A study was done of college students' perceptions of the characteristics of the ideal student and the study's findings were compared with earlier research. In particular the study examined differences between student groups of gender, college status and grade point average (GPA). The study surveyed 313 students in psychology and special education classes of whom 95 were male and 217 female (one subject did not report gender). The survey instrument was a questionnaire of proven reliability that used a Likert-type scale to rate characteristics. Findings of the study indicated that there were a number of agreements as to the most and least important criteria of an ideal student among students in different parts of the country over the past 25 years. Students perceive the ideal student as having goals for being in college, thinking and appraising their goals, and coming to classes prepared rather than focusing on social activities and seeking assistance. In addition, significant differences were found for the participation in social life criterion among college status groups: sophomores and juniors rated participation higher than the graduates. Among GPA groups, there was a significant difference on the criterion of an ideal student thinking independently: the highest GPA group rated independent thinking higher than the other two groups. Included are seven tables and six references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (Austin, TX, April 17, 1992).