ERIC Number: ED371220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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Professional Commitment: An Analysis of Students and Alumni.
Fjortoft, Nancy F.; Lee, Mary W. L.
"Professional commitment" has been defined as "one's attitude toward one's profession or vocation." This study developed and tested a model to predict the development of professional commitment in students by examining the qualities of the college experience that may lead to that commitment. Factors such as background and demography, parents' occupations, employment status, social and academic integration were also considered. A sample of 408 first-year pharmacy students (the entire first-year class at one university) were surveyed by telephone. Usable results were received from 280 students (69 percent). The typical student in the sample was female (62 percent), Caucasian (55 percent), and 21-22 years of age (41 percent). The study found that the model developed and tested in the study explained 40 percent of the variance in students' levels of professional commitment after almost 1 year of pharmacy school. Clearly, the students' experiences in school influenced their commitment beyond that associated with their individual background characteristics. Students with higher levels of academic development, faculty interaction, and peer group interaction indicated higher levels of professional commitment at the end of their first year of pharmacy school. The study recommended that programmatic efforts aimed at increasing opportunities for student-faculty interaction be increased. Examples include mentoring and advising programs, independent research, and special projects to increase student-faculty interaction. (Contains 35 references.)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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