ERIC Number: EJ748680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Reference Count: 6
The Superstitions of Today's College Students
Saenko, Iu. V.
Russian Education and Society, v47 n12 p76-89 Dec 2005
In this article, the author presents a study of superstitious notions and their role in the lives and activities of college students. The study was based on assumptions. On the whole, superstitions are widely prevalent among college students, but the superstitions that occur the most frequently are connected with final exams. The main motive for students' acting on superstitious beliefs is their need to feel safe and to protect themselves from negative feelings. The study sample consisted of 132 students at Taganrog State Pedagogical Institute. A written questionnaire survey was used as the main method for obtaining the primary data. They were asked to describe the superstitions that they heed in their lives and believe in and how these beliefs help them. The data from the survey show that college students most often turn to superstitions for help in extreme situations.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, College Students, Higher Education, Student Surveys, Beliefs, Foreign Countries, Tests, Questionnaires, Religious Factors, Student Motivation, Philosophy, Religion, Social Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Russia