Quality of effort and perceptions of attainment as affected by variables in the education of the adult undergraduate student Public Deposited

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  • The purpose of this investigation was to determine whether certain variables have significant bearing on the education of adult undergraduate students. During the 1970's Pace (1977) and Shaver (1978) suggested that the "quality of effort" that college and university students invest in their own learning and development is a key variable that has been overlooked. This study dealt with "quality of effort" as measured by C. R. Pace's "College Student Experiences Questionnaire". The sample was composed of 276 undergraduate students who were 30 years old or older and attended Oregon State University Winter quarter 1981. Of the 276 subjects in the sample, 91% returned questionnaires. Responses to the C. R. Pace's "College Student Experiences Questionnaire" as related to the students' amount of effort expended and perception of personal gain were analyzed in terms of the degree of interaction with the variables of gender, marital status, and parental status. An Analysis of Variance tested for significant differences among mean scores at the .05 level of significance. Within the limitations of this study the following conclusions were drawn: 1. There was no significannt difference in the quality of effort between married students and non-married students. 2. There was a significant difference in the effort expended by those students with children in contrast to those students without children in the home. 3. There was no significant difference in the quality of effort between female students and male students. 4. There was no significant difference in the students' perception of educational gain between married students and non-married students. 5. There was a significant difference in the students' perception of educational gain between those students with children in the home and those students without children in the home. 6. There was no significant difference in the students' perception of educational gain between female students and male students. Therefore, based on the findings it was concluded that, of the three variables used in this study, children consistently influenced the quality of effort of the undergraduate student.
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