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ERIC Number: ED424801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May-19
Pages: 23
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Identifying Dominant Stage of Intellectual Development: Knowing and Learning. AIR 1998 Annual Forum Paper.
Atkin, Eugene
This study used survey data to identify college students' dominant learning stages, basing it on Marcia Baxter Magolda's (1992) Epistemological Reflection Model. A total of 699 alumni of a midwestern community college who had completed at least 30 credit hours transferable to baccalaureate degrees elsewhere completed a survey that incorporated three of Baxter Magolda's four dominant learning stages--absolutist, transitional, and independent. The respondents had been last enrolled at the institution 1 or 3 years prior to the survey, and about four-fifths had completed transfers to baccalaureate-granting institutions. Factor analysis indicated that more male than female alumni were further along the continuum of preferred learning stages. Alumni who had first enrolled at the institution at age 24 or older had progressed further on the continuum than had younger alumni. Among men, those at the middle, transitional, stage were less likely to rate the institution as helpful than those at either of the other two stages. Among women, but not men, completion of a bachelor's degree was associated with the dominant learning stage. Five data tables are appended. (Contains 14 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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