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ERIC Number: EJ781826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0251
The Relationship of Worldviews of Advisors and Students and Satisfaction with Advising: A Case of Homogenous Group Impact
Coll, Jose E.; Zalaquett, Carlos
Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, v9 n3 p273-281 2007-2008
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether differences in world-views between academic advisors and their advisees (both traditional and non-traditional students) impact students' use of and satisfaction with the advising process. This study surveyed 115 students and 5 advisors from a four-year liberal arts university in southeastern United States. Analyses of the data revealed no significant differences among traditional and non-traditional students' worldviews. However the degree of match between advisees and their advisors on two components of worldviews (self-worth and meaningfulness) was related to students' use of and satisfaction with the advising process. There was a significant difference (F = 4.398, p greater than 0.0148) between students' self-worth and their perception of whether their advisors understood them. There was also a significant difference (F = 4.172, p greater than 0.0183) between student self-worth ratings and their commitment to actively seeking advising. In addition, there was a significant difference (F = 3.57, p greater than 0.0336) between student perceptions of "meaningfulness" and how students perceived the importance of advising. These findings suggest that a) students who have a similar self-worth value as their advisor have a sense that they are being understood, b) students who scored high or were within the means of their advisors self-worth tended to actively seek advising, and c) students who scored high or above their advisors mean score in meaningfulness, felt that advising was an important activity tor them. Implications for how understanding students' worldviews might improve academic advising are also discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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