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ERIC Number: ED405781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Work-Study Program Influences on College Students' Cognitive Development.
Terenzini, Patrick T.; And Others
This study, using data from the National Study of Student Learning, examined whether participation in a collegiate work-study program was related to cognitive educational benefits. Data were collected from 2,485 entering students at 23 institutions nationwide in the fall of 1992 with follow-up in the spring of 1993, of whom 494 (19.9 percent) reported receiving work-study assistance. Two questions were tested: one concerned differences in college experiences of work-study and nonwork-study students; the other with the effects of any differences on students' cognitive development. The study found that participation in a work-study program appeared to have a negative influence on first-year gains in reading comprehension, but a positive influence on critical thinking skills; no effects on math abilities were identified. These effects were apparent even after taking into account selected precollege characteristics, including initial cognitive abilities. Three tables present detailed data on: (1) students' cognitive ability, (2) college experiences, and (3) interaction effects. (Contains 50 references.) (CH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, University Park, PA.