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ERIC Number: EJ814525
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
The Transition to University: The Student-University Match (SUM) Questionnaire
Wintre, Maxine G.; Knoll, G. M.; Pancer, S. M.; Pratt, M. W.; Polivy, J.; Birnie-Lefcovitch, S.; Adams, Gerald R.
Journal of Adolescent Research, v23 n6 p745-769 2008
Freshmen students at six Canadian universities completed questionnaires that assessed the quality of match between their individual needs and their university environment. The Student-University Match Questionnaire (SUM), a theoretically derived scale, was developed and demonstrated excellent psychometric properties (Cronbach's alpha = 0.87). Furthermore, interviews were conducted with students who had deregistered from their universities and a matched control group of students who remained enrolled. The interviews provided construct and predictive validity for the SUM scale. They also revealed important themes of student-environment match concerns for these emerging adults, confirming the characteristics of development, exploration, and mobility as identified by Arnett. Implications are discussed. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada