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Changes in Students' Educational Attitudes: A Study of an Experimental Living-Learning Program

Barry R. Morstain
Research in Higher Education
Vol. 1, No. 2 (1973), pp. 141-148
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40194646
Page Count: 8
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Changes in Students' Educational Attitudes: A Study of an Experimental Living-Learning Program
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Abstract

This study highlights the longitudinal changes in educational attitudes of students during the freshman year of college, with the prime focus on comparisons between students in a living-learning program (N = 95) and students in the regular curriculum (N = 89) at the University of California, Davis. The Student Orientations Survey was used in a pre-post design, and major results were (1) students who selected the experimental program held somewhat different attitudes from their peers in the regular curriculum prior to the start of the academic year and (2) compared to changes in attitudes of their peers, the experimental- program students, by the end of the academic year, had significantly decreased their desire for lectures and formalized education, expressed greater interest in self- directed independent study, desired a more significant role in educational decision-making, and viewed education more as a way of exploring various academic areas rather than solely preparing for a vocational future. Coupled with findings from student interviews, various implications of the results were discussed.

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