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ERIC Number: EJ953554
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 74
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0361-0365
Disciplinary Categories, Majors, and Undergraduate Academic Experiences: Rethinking Bok's "Underachieving Colleges" Thesis
Brint, Steven; Cantwell, Allison M.; Saxena, Preeta
Research in Higher Education, v53 n1 p1-25 Feb 2012
Using data from the 2008 University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey, we show that study time and academic conscientiousness were lower among students in humanities and social science majors than among students in science and engineering majors. Analytical and critical thinking experiences were no more evident among humanities and social sciences majors than among science and engineering majors. All three academically beneficial experiences were, however, strongly related to participation in class and interaction with instructors, and participation was more common among humanities and social sciences students than among science and engineering students. Bok's ("Our underachieving colleges: A candid look at how much students learn and why they should be learning more". Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, "2006") influential discussion of "underachievement" in undergraduate education focused on institutional performance. Our findings indicate that future discussions should take into account differences among disciplinary categories and majors as well.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California