ERIC Number: EJ1034176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
The Disillusionment of Students Denied Admission to a Preferred Major Viewed from the Perspective of a Psychological Theory of Alienation
Barber, Clifton E.
College Student Journal, v48 n1 p153-165 Spr 2014
Why students respond differently when they are denied admission to a preferred academic major may be explained using a psychological theory of alienation. Using this theoretical perspective, three trajectories producing feelings of alienation are presented. The most intense of these trajectories, the process of disillusionment, is examined using a typology of behavioral responses based on the nature of the thwarted expectations, and the perceived availability of salient alternatives. Both the form and effect of behavioral student responses are included in the typology. The paper concludes with advising guidelines for helping students effectively cope with disconfirmed expectations.
Descriptors: College Admission, Student Attitudes, Majors (Students), Alienation, Classification, Student Reaction, Guidelines, Coping, Undergraduate Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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