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Antecedents and Consequences of Classroom Experiences among Students Who Enter as Freshmen. ASHE Annual Meeting Paper [microform] / J. Fredericks Volkwein and Alberto F. Cabrera
Bib ID 5624692
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Volkwein, J. Fredericks
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Description [Washington D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1998 
14 p. 

This study examined the characteristics and factors in the undergraduate experience that appeared to be most strongly associated with vitality in the classroom. Data were collected from 740 representative freshmen at a large research university by means of a university survey instrument that contained over 150 items in four categories: (1) background information on student age, class year, sex, ethnicity, employment, admissions status, major, financial aid, residence, Scholastic Assessment Test scores, and high school grade point average and class rank; (2) student plans, goals, and reasons for attendance; (3) level of student satisfaction with campus services and facilities, as well as with the institution's academic, administrative, and social climate; and (4) cognitive and noncognitive experiences and outcomes, including classroom experiences, faculty contact, course-taking patterns, graduation plans, loan indebtedness, and self-reported growth. Regression analysis of the data indicated that the most beneficial classroom experiences were reported by students who perceived high levels of faculty concern and interaction with faculty, who were actively engaged in the academic and social structure of the institution, and who observed a campus climate of racial harmony and political tolerance. Two tables summarize the variables used and the multivariate data. (Contains 52 references.) (CH)


ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (23rd, Miami, FL, November 5-8, 1998).

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Classroom Environment.  |  College Environment.  |  College Freshmen.  |  Effective Schools Research.  |  Higher Education.  |  Outcomes of Education.  |  Student Attitudes.  |  Student Characteristics.  |  Student Interests.  |  Student Surveys.  |  Teacher Student Relationship.  |  ASHE Annual Meeting
Form/genre Reports, Research.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
Other authors/contributors Cabrera, Alberto F., author
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