Title

Priorities and Attitudes of Four Decision Groups Regarding a Specific Educational Program: An Exploratory Study

Date of Award

1975

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Higher Education

Advisor(s)

Edward Kelly

Keywords

Meaning, Goals, Educational program, Goal statement

Subject Categories

Education

Abstract

People often use the same words to mean different things. Frequently the words they use are insufficient indicators of the goals they seek. This study considered measures of attitude as indicators of the agreement among groups regarding the goals they advocate. Specifically, the study investigated the priorities and attitudes of four constituent groups regarding one educational program in order to determine if groups that have a similar ordering of goal statements 1) share a similar attitude toward high and low ranked goals for the program and 2) also share a similar attitude toward courses within that program. The focus on a particular educational program in which respondents had an apparent personal investment extends earlier research which has usually investigated constituent goals and attitudes toward education generally.

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