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ERIC Number: ED180313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Predictors of a Major for Psychology and Special Education Students.
Magnello, M. Eileen
An inventory was administered to 161 college students in the late fall of 1977 in an attempt to predict the academic major of either psychology or special education students. The predictors were from the following series of items: demographic characteristics, academic information, occupational interests, and utility of their college program. A stepwise multiple regression was performed to determine which variables would maximally differentiate between the two groups. A major finding of the study was that although sex accounted for 10 percent of the variance of an academic major, it was not the only variable that could differentiate between the psychology and special education majors. Three variables (field of study for Ph.D., ability to do well in special education, and enjoyment of teaching elementary education) added more to the proportion of predictable variance than did sex. It is suggested that the data could lend itself to building a predictive model for the selection of an academic major. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, 1979)