ERIC Number: EJ1157890
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Is More Always Better? The Curvilinear Relationships between College Student Experiences and Outcomes
Bowman, Nicholas A.; Trolian, Teniell L.
Innovative Higher Education, v42 n5-6 p477-489 Dec 2017
Many higher education studies have examined linear relationships between student experiences and outcomes, but this assumption may be questionable. In two notable examples previous research that assumed a linear relationship reached different substantive conclusions and implications than did research that explored non-linear associations among the same constructs. Indeed, many relationships between college experiences and outcomes may actually be curvilinear; this study explored that possibility within a large, multi-institutional, longitudinal dataset. As expected, most of the significant positive relationships were accompanied by significant curvilinear associations, such that the magnitude of the relationship decreased with higher levels of involvement.
Descriptors: Student Experience, Outcomes of Education, Longitudinal Studies, Correlation, Predictor Variables, Higher Education, Data Analysis, Measures (Individuals), Moral Development, Moral Values, Values, College Freshmen, College Seniors, Learner Engagement, National Surveys, Student Surveys, Multiple Regression Analysis, Pretests Posttests, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Defining Issues Test; Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency; National Survey of Student Engagement
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