What Matters in College: Four Critical Years Revisited / Edition 1

What Matters in College: Four Critical Years Revisited / Edition 1

by Alexander W. Astin
     
 

ISBN-10: 1555424929

ISBN-13: 9781555424923

Pub. Date: 11/27/1992

Publisher: Wiley

What is the impact of college attendance on students' personal, social, academic, and vocational development? Do different types of colleges produce different outcomes? How important is the curriculum as opposed to the student peer group and the faculty? How are students affected by the quality and quantity of their personal involvement in the academic and…  See more details below

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What is the impact of college attendance on students' personal, social, academic, and vocational development? Do different types of colleges produce different outcomes? How important is the curriculum as opposed to the student peer group and the faculty? How are students affected by the quality and quantity of their personal involvement in the academic and extracurricular life of the institution? In 1977, Alexander Astin attempted to answer these and other key questions in Four Critical Years, a book the Journal of Higher Education has since called the most frequently cited work in the higher education literature. In What Matters in College? Astin presents a completely new and expanded study of how students change and develop in college - and reveals how colleges can enhance that development. Based on a study of more than 20,000 students, 25,000 faculty members, and 200 institutions, the book shows how academic programs, faculty, student peer groups, and other variables affect students' college experiences. He examines more than 190 environmental characteristics of institutions and details how these factors can shape students' personality and self-concept, patterns of behavior, values and beliefs, academic and cognitive development, career development, and satisfaction with the college environment.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555424923
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/27/1992
Series:
Higher and Adult Education Series
Edition description:
1st
Pages:
482
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 10.24(h) x 2.36(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
The Author
1Studying College Impact1
2Environmental Variables32
3Assessing Environmental Effects: A Prototypical Example83
4Personality and Self-Concept105
5Attitudes, Values, and Beliefs141
6Patterns of Behavior165
7Academic and Cognitive Development186
8Career Development245
9Satisfaction with the College Environment273
10Summary of Environmental Effects312
11Effects of Involvement365
12Implications for Educational Theory and Practice396
Resource A: Multiple Correlations at Selected Steps438
Resource B: Longitudinal Changes in the Weighted and Unweighted Samples442
References447
Index457

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