ERIC Number: EJ1159400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
"Try to See It My Way": What Influences Social Perspective Taking among College Students?
Johnson, Matthew R.; Dugan, John P.; Soria, Krista M.
Journal of College Student Development, v58 n7 p1035-1054 Oct 2017
The ability to understand and incorporate other perspectives into one's own perspective is an important overarching outcome of higher education and a necessary precursor for the development of most higher-order learning outcomes. Utilizing a multi-institutional survey of 21,548 college seniors, we examined background characteristics and cocurricular experiences that are associated with social perspective taking. No specific cocurricular interventions (e.g., service learning, leadership experiences) were shown to be significantly related to social perspective taking, suggesting the need for greater attention and intentionality toward purposefully cultivating this vital outcome; however, self-awareness and sociocultural issues discussions were the largest influences on seeing others' perspectives.
Descriptors: Perspective Taking, College Seniors, Student Characteristics, Extracurricular Activities, Social Attitudes, Intervention, Service Learning, Leadership, Racial Differences, Influences, Multiple Regression Analysis, Least Squares Statistics, Pretests Posttests
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Education Level: Higher Education
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