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ERIC Number: ED461341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
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Traditions of Change: Student Expectations for the Other Education.
Hughes, Robin L.
This study explored change and development as a student attends college, focusing on the "other" education, that received outside the classroom. The 61 students who were interviewed attended Texas A&M University, a university distinguished by strong traditions and a distinct sense of what it means to be an "Aggie." Twenty-eight parents who accompanied their children to freshmen summer orientation exercises were also interviewed. Students were asked what they expected to learn and what they considered that they had learned outside the classroom, as well as how the traditions and legacy of Texas A&M affected their views of themselves and others. Study findings support the view that Texas A&M, as an institution, adopts the role of a deliberate socializing agent that may play a larger role in a student's development than other institutions. Students bring expectations with them to the University, including a widespread belief that it is the best education available in Texas and that a Texas A&M degree will open doors not open to other graduates. Students arrive on campus expecting the "other" education. They understand that they will change and expect to value the changes, but are uneasy about the creation of an intentionally developmental environment. They tend to bridle at the idea that change is intended by the administration of the University, and prefer to believe that their peers are the primary contributors to their socialization at college. (Contains 29 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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