Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Does Faith-Based Worldview Predict Confidence in College Major: A Quantitative Longitudinal Study at the University of Michigan
by Taylor, Kristy, Ph.D., The University of Toledo, 2012, 130; 3563258
Abstract (Summary)

This study attempts to show a relationship between being spiritual and choosing a college major. Using one public research institution, this quantitative, longitudinal study used secondary data from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program from the years 2000-2011. The survey included items that asked students about their spiritual preference, their confidence in choosing a major, philosophy of life, and participation in community service. Results indicated direct effects from choosing a major and being involved in community service. The study also showed direct effects of choosing a major and developing a meaningful philosophy of life. The strongest finding in this study was the gap in students changing their major (90% of college students from this institution say that they will change their major).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Meabon, David L.
Commitee: Cureton, Alan S., Edwards, Mary E., Matney, Malinda M., Sondergeld, Toni A.
School: The University of Toledo
Department: Higher Education
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 74/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Spirituality, Higher education
Keywords: Community service, Faith-based, History of higher education, Identity development, Major, Philosophy of life, Spirituality, University of Michigan
Publication Number: 3563258
ISBN: 978-1-303-11457-1
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